Wolverines Tame Mustangs
Team Shows Great Resolve and Bounces Back at Redmond
The Bellevue Wolverines headed to second place, Redmond, on Wednesday night trying to right the ship after two straight losses.
The Wolverines came out focused and ready to play in game one. The defense was solid and Bellevue kept points alive and although the offense was struggling to put away points early, BHS took a 11-8 lead after a Jenna Keenan kill. Ally Witham got back to back kills to put the Wolverines up 20-13. Alexis Khuu ended the game with a block to run away with game one, 25-14.
Redmond came out stronger in game 2 going up 1-4. Then the Wolverines got kills from Witham and Naomi Chen-Mallouk followed by a Khuu ace to tie it up at 4. Holly Huard and Callie Weber each got two kills during a tough stretch to tie it up at 12. With Khuu behind the service line, BHS went on a decisive 7-0 run that include 2 Khuu aces. BHS finished off game 2 with a Witham kill and a 15-3 run for a final of 25-15.
Game three started off with Callie Weber going toe to toe with Dartmouth commit, Elise Petit, as the two traded spikes with Weber and BHS getting the best of it going up 5-2. After back to back Huard kills, Bellevue went up 7-3 and were looking to make quick work of the Mustangs. Tied 8-8 the referees realized a rotation mistake and erased 3 points off the board for RHS. But, they got those points back and took a 14-16 lead before Weber started to hurt them from the back row. Redmond had awoken from their early slumber and played some solid ball behind Petit and some great blocking and the match was on. Redmond survived a couple late Huard kills to take a 23-25 win.
Game four displayed some great high school volleyball from both teams. Emily Burns and Sophia Knapp were digging up everything Petit and the other Mustangs could muster. Khuu’s setting was precise to all sides of the court. The game was back and forth and after a Huard kill, Witham stuff blocked Petit to take a 15-11 lead. Keenan followed with an ace. Up 16-14, Weber had her best hit of the night out of the back row. That was until the next hit which almost knocked a Mustang off her feet as the ball veered into the stands. The bench kept the energy going and even bowed in awe of what they just saw. Up 22-17, Burns served up an ace and Weber finished it off with a slam off the block to close out Redmond 25-18.
The Wolverines played great defense all game and the offense came alive late to dispatch of second place Redmond. Bellevue has home games Monday (Sammamish) and Wednesday (Lake Washington) with Wednesday night being our annual “Dig Pink” night that will raise money for breast Northwest Hope and Healing. Wednesday night will feature a lot of fun activities including a raffle for some fabulous prizes. Please come out and join us and cheer on the Wolverines.
Varsity Stats Leaders, Redmond Match
Aces: Keenan 2, Khuu 1, Weber 1
Kills: Weber 18, Huard 10, Witham 10
Digs: Weber 22, Knap 17, Burns 10
Blocks: Keenan 5, Chen-Mallouk 3
Assists: Khuu 41
Varsity Action vs. Redmond
JV and C Teams Finish First Half Unbeaten
Stretching their winning streaks to 7 matches, the JV and C Wolverine squads remained undefeated and atop the Kingco standings.
The JV match was tight early, but Bellevue gradually pulled away to register a 25-17 victory in game 1. Bellevue was in control from the get-go in game two, winning 25-20. Redmond showed some resolve by taking the 3rd and final set of the match 15-13.
With perseverance and grit, and some vocal support from their JV counterparts, the C Team pulled off a win, 2-1 (23-25, 25-21, 16-14).
They started the first set slow, down 2-6, then got within reach, eventually tying at 15, followed by a lot of back and forth, one point differentials, before finally losing 23-25. They had a much better second set, winning 25-21. The third set started shaky. At one point, they were down 4-12 but with strong serving by Ariel Dukes, Livie McQuain and Rachel Nam, they clawed back to win 16-14.
JV Action vs. Redmond
C Action vs. Redmond