St. Bede def. Bureau Valley 25-11, 25-20
MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Storm volleyball team, coming off of three straight wins on the road, were hoping to keep the good times rolling when coming home to the Storm Cellar to host conference rival St. Bede Wednesday night.
The Lady Bruins, however, hit the court with the pedal to the floor and burst the Storm's bubble, winning in straight sets 25-11, 25-20.
St. Bede coach Karrie Damerell was pleased with her team's performance, especially after suffering a disappointing 2-0 loss to Newman the night before.
"We talked to the girls about getting back to the way we can play and what we can do," Damerell said. "Tonight I thought we were passing well and making connections, our hitters placed the ball well."
BV had the first serve, but St. Bede gained the first point, followed by a 10-1 run that put the Storm back on their heels and provided the cushion to build on and maintain for a 25-11 first set win for the Lady Bruins.
Setting the pace for the Lady Bruins' opening barrage were Macy Bosnich (13 kills for the evening), Elaina Wamhoff (22 assists), and Anna Postula (6 digs). The St. Bede servers also achieved 95 percent success from the line.
"They're good servers, and we couldn't pass the ball, that's the game right there," BV coach Caitlyn DeMay said. "The first ball is always a crucial part, the first contact. Good job to them (St. Bede)."
The second set, however, saw BV with the same players but looking like a new team, getting their first lead of the evening at 6-4, aided by a stronger presence defensively with Storm libero Marissa Endress turning in an exceptional performance, leading in digs with 14.
"She's consistent day in and day out," DeMay said. "She runs after every ball, and she's a great leader out on the court."
Saige Barnett and Makanna Sabin added six digs each for the evening.
The BV offense saw more success in the second game as well with Barnett leading the Storm in kills with nine, and Molly Bohm led in assists with nine.
"Once they hit the ball where I wanted them to hit it was a different ballgame," DeMay said.
St. Bede went on a 6-0 run to get a 22-14 lead, but the Storm got a run of their own to get as close as 23-20 before the Lady Bruins shut the door for a 25-20 second set win.
"We felt like last night was not a true look at what we're capable of," Damerell said. "So to turn around and play tonight, I thought we responded well."
NOTES: Earlier in the evening, the underclassmen games were played side by side in the BV gym, with BV winning the sophomore contest 25-20, 25-23 while the frosh match was won by St. Bede. ... St. Bede (9-2, 3-1) returns to action next Tuesday for another conference match at Erie-Prophetstown, while Bureau Valley (5-5, 3-1) plays on Tuesday as well, hosting the Princeton Tigresses.