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BDS Tops In D-1 WC Points

With a pair of victories last week, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley vaulted to No. 1 in Class D-1 volleyball points.  The 11-2 Eagles defeated 9-5, Class C-2 Shelby/Rising City and 5-5 Meridian.
Carley Elznic hammered down 21 kills in the thrilling five-set road win over S/RC on Tuesday, September 22.  Catherine Mick added 18 kills and McKenna Schardt contributed eight terminations.  Madison Yantzie tallied 21 assists and Courtney Kamler added 15 ace sets.
Megan Grote belted two ace serves and Yantzie, Schardt and Elznic all nailed one.  Schardt served for 20 points and Grote had 16.  Schardt paced the Eagle defense with 13 digs.  Yantzie had nine digs and both Grote and Jadyn Kleinschmidt had seven.
Yantzie tallied four ace blocks and Schardt had three.  Tristen Mosier came up with a pair of ace blocks and Brice Ardissono had one ace block.
"We got off to a great start dominating the first set," Eagle coach Kari Jo Alfs said.  "We got a little too comfortable in the second and third sets and allowed S/RC to take charge.  The Eagles came out on fire in the  fourth and fifth sets and served very aggressively."
The win over a very good Class C-2 team will serve BDS well in the wildcard race.
"We stepped up our serve receive in the fourth and fifth sets and got passes to the setters to set up attacks," Alfs said.  "This is very evident in the number of points a couple girls scored, as well as the multiple kills and assists the girls put up.  S/RC has a few girls over 6-foot and it was great to see our girls still put up a strong block.  This was a huge win for us."
On Thursday, BDS prevailed over Meridian 20-25, 25-18, 25-16, 32-30.
Mick hammered 21 kills against the Mustangs and Elznic thumped 14 terminations.  Schardt pounded down 11 kills for the winners.  Yantzie contributed 18 assists and Kamler had 15.
Kleinschmidt belted three ace serves in the win and Yantzie and Schardt both knocked down one.  Schardt logged seven ace blocks and Mick tallied five ace blocks.  Mosier tallied three ace blocks.
Schardt and Kleinschmidt served for 11 and 10 points, respectively.  Elznic paced the defense with 28 digs.
"We started off strong with a 9-1 lead in the first set but succumbed to the Mustangs' pressure and dropped the first set 25-20," Alfs said.  "The Eagles battled back after some strong attacking by their hitters.  Our blocking at the net was a major key to our victory.  Meridian did a nice job defending our hitters and not letting balls drop to the floor."
Alfs wasn't surprised that scrappy Meridian played hard and kept in the match between the two familiar Crossroads Conference foes.
"In the last set, our defense stepped up and we did a great job at picking up the ball and getting it to our setters.  Our setters did a nice job at spreading the ball around tonight.  The last set could've went either way and I was proud of our girls fighting back after being down 22-18.  We could have easily folded, but we gave the crowd an exciting finish to pull off the 32-30 win."

BDS will play a lot of volleyball over the next week.  The Eagles play at 5-4 Deshler on Tuesday and then play a triangular with 10-1 Giltner and 7-4 Blue Hill on Thursday in Giltner.  Next Tuesday, BDS travels to East Butler for an October 6 triangular with 7-6 East Butler and 4-9 Osceola.