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home : sports : sports   April 29, 2016

9/25/2013 1:44:00 PM
Volleyball: St. Bede rally falls short

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Jared Bell
NewsTribune Sports Writer

The St. Bede volleyball team just couldn’t break through.

After the Lady Bruins and Orion split the first two sets in Tuesday’s Three Rivers Conference South Division match at the Academy, Orion took the lead midway through the third set and, despite the Lady Bruins hanging around, St. Bede was unable to catch back up or take the lead as it fell 25-16, 20-25, 25-18.

“We got down a little bit,” St. Bede coach Dawn Williams said of the third set. “We weren’t down mentally, it was we just we missed a few shots and some serves at crucial points. We had some good plays, but we just couldn’t get it back. A lot of things happened, but we just didn’t come out on the winning side of the scoreboard.”

In the third set, Orion (12-4, 3-1 TRC South) took the lead for good at 9-8, but St. Bede (6-10, 1-3 TRC South) stayed within striking distance as it never trailed by more than three points and was within a point on six different occasions, including when it pulled to 18-17, which caused Orion coach Jack Wheeler to call a timeout.

“I can’t say I ever felt comfortable,” Wheeler admitted. “I kept looking at the score and saying, ‘Yeah, we have a little separation, but we’re only a couple of mistakes away from being tied.’ At the last timeout, I told the girls to focus and play as if it was a tie game.”

Out of the break, the Chargers went on a 5-0 run to take 23-17 cushion that they rode to win the game and the match.

“I was proud of the way my team battled,” Williams said. “This game could’ve gone either direction because both teams were going at it hard.”

In the end, however, unforced errors doomed St. Bede.

In the one set they won, the Lady Bruins committed just six miscues, but in the two sets it dropped, St. Bede committed 14 unforced errors in each game.

In the first set, the Lady Bruins built a 10-3 cushion before the Chargers came alive.

A 7-0 rally by Orion turned a 12-9 SBA lead into a 16-12 Lady Bruin deficit. The Chargers later added a 4-0 rally to help close out the first set.

In the second set, St. Bede again took an early cushion as it built leads of 6-3, 10-5 and 17-11 before Orion crept back to 23-19.

However, a Charger error and a St. Bede kill ended the set to force the winner-take-all third game.

“They are a really good team, and they made us battle for every point and played good defense,” Wheeler said. “It was an excellent test for us, and I’m just really grateful that we came out with the win.”

For the Lady Bruins, Samantha Whalen had 20 digs, nine kills and an ace, Morgan King had 27 digs and Morgan Bosnich had 25 assists, 12 digs and seven kills.

Note: The St. Bede sophomore team was victorious 27-25, 25-21, while Orion took the freshman contest 25-12, 25-21.

Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.

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