ANNAWAN — The St. Bede Lady Bruins plotted their course to advance to the regional championship at Annawan, defeating LaMoille-Ohio and Annawan on consecutive nights.
On Tuesday, the Lady Bruins won 25-9, 25-16 over the LaMoille-Ohio Lady Lions.
Leading the Lady Bruins' success were Elaina Wamhoff with 10 service points (2 aces) and 21 assists. Berklee Linnig, Reese Ludford and Miranda Mazzorana each notched five kills.
"Coming into a gym you've never played before, and you want to keep your level of volleyball," St. Bede coach Karrie Damerell. "We played pretty well the last two weeks, so we wanted to keep our game level high, and I thought we did that tonight.
"We took advantage of some opportunities and made some good plays."
Emma Lundquist led the Lady Lions with six points and three aces, while Collette Motter had three assists and Ki'Ayana Moore made three kills. McKenna Klein led in digs with nine, and Kiersten Shevokas made five blocks.
"It's hard to see the season end, it's hard to see the seniors go," L-O coach Nicole Cromwell said. "But as hard as that is, it's time to start looking for the future. So next couple of years (looks) pretty good, but right now the sting is kinda bad."
The next night, St. Bede knocked off the host Bravettes 25-23, 25-15. Linning led the Lady Bruins with 10 points and six kills with Wamhoff adding 19 assists and 12 digs and Payton Giordano a team-high 14 digs.
“The girls showed up tonight and it’s where we want to be in the postseason,” Damerell said. “I’m happy with their play, I’m happy with their defense, and offensively we made some great plays. So that’s what we want to see, that’s what we need to see this time of year."
Tuesday's first match saw Annawan defeat a small but feisty DePue squad 25-12, 25-23. Though the Lady Giants were winless in the regular season (0-21, 0-7), you couldn't tell after seeing the six players on the floor. Indeed, those six were all DePue coach Diana Lopez had to work with for the evening.
"It's a young team I have," Lopez said. "Actually, I started with 11, then nine, and now six. I have one experienced senior (Summer Hayes), the rest (Emily Marquez, Jasmin Rosales, Azucena Villagomez, Cayley Harrison and Alyssa Lopez) are what the JV team should be that I don't have.
"I'm proud of them, though. They fought for every point."
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