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Volleyball Rises Above Kew-Forest in Quarters

October 17, 2019
Volleyball 2019

Hall in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon, the volleyball team opened their latest playoff campaign with a 3-1 win over Kew-Forest in the PSAA quarterfinals.

The Jaguars were not intimidated by the undefeated Bears as they battled their hosts nearly point for point throughout game one. The Bears took an early 5-2 lead, but Kew came back to knot the game at 7-7, one of 14 ties in the opening round. The last tie of the game was 21-21, then the Jaguars scored four of the next six points to steal game one, 25-23.

Game one was the first the Bears had ever dropped to a PSAA opponent at home, but they were hardly rattled as they took an early 3-1 lead behind a pair of kills from Bekah Detwiler. Two kills from Ava McCormick pushed the lead to 10-4 followed by two straight kills from Shannuel Lamptey that moved the advantage to 13-5. The Bears remained in control for the remainder of the game. Two kills from Nadia Hall left the Bears up 22-15 before Lamptey closed the 25-16 win with a kill.

In game three the Bears’ passing hit its stride and paved the way for a 13-2 edge, punctuated by a trio of Detwiler kills. A Lamptey spike left the Brook up 20-10 before Detwiler capped the 25-14 win with a kill.

Game four was tight throughout with ties at 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, and 14. With the game knotted at 14-14, the Bears closed the game on an 11-4 run thanks to 2 Hall kills, 2 Elizabeth Robbins aces, and a Lamptey kill. An Arden Madden ace closed out the 25-18 win, earning the Bears a berth in their fourth consecutive semifinals.

Robbins anchored the defense with 65 digs while Lamptey powered the attack with 9 kills. The Bears are back in action on Wednesday in a home semifinal match vs. #2 Evangel Christian.

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