Bears sweep Omaha Benson on road
For the first time since 2013, the Blair High School volleyball team has eight wins during a single season.
The Bears earned their noteworthy victory Thursday at Class A Omaha Benson. Coach Becca Mellema's squad defeated the winless Bunnies 25-13, 25-16 and 25-17.
“Our key was being able to execute on our side of the court,” she said. “We just kept playing our game. We took what came and we maintained a high level of volleyball.”
BHS hasn't won more than seven matches in a season since 2013 when coach Mallory Lorence's first squad won 10, ending a streak of 10 seasons without double-digit victories. The Bears earned No. 8 this fall with several starters and substitution players contributing on the road.
“I was really glad to get a lot of our subs in and give them some experience at the varsity level,” Mellema said.
Blair plays at Nebraska City tonight before coming home for the regular season finale on Thursday. The Bears take on Omaha Christian Academy that night with varsity play to begin at 6:30 p.m.
BHS VOLLEYBALL LINE SCORE
Blair 3, Omaha Benson 0
BHS (8-15) 25 25 25 — 3
OB (0-21) 13 16 17 — 0
Pioneers play well in defeat
The Fort Calhoun volleyball team concluded Nebraska Capitol Conference (NCC) Tournament play Thursday at Conestoga, falling 3-0.
The Pioneers lost back-to-back-to-back sets 25-18, 25-19 and 25-19, falling to 4-22 this season. The Cougars, meanwhile, improved to 4-19 with the win.
“Played very well,” FCHS coach Sarah Rangel said. “Lost, but played well.”
As opposed to a few notable standouts, the coach noted a team effort in defeat.
FCHS VOLLEYBALL LINE SCORE
Conestoga 3, Fort Calhoun 0
FCHS (4-22) 18 19 19 — 0
CHS (5-19) 25 25 25 — 3
AHS drops 5-set home match
The Arlington Eagles battled for five sets Thursday night, but fell at home to Louisville.
The Lions won 3-2, besting coach Katarina Nelson's squad 21-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-21 and 15-9 during NCC Tournament consolation play. The loss was AHS' third in a row as it fell to 14-10. Louisville, meanwhile, improved to 9-17.
The Eagles led 2-1 when they won the third set 26-24. They lost two straight from there, though.
Chase Andersen led Arlington with a school-record-breaking effort in digs. She had 35, topping the 2017 mark of 30 set by Shelby Kaup.
AHS is now 1-2 in five-set matches this fall, picking up its win Sept. 2 against Omaha Gross. The Eagles next play Syracuse tonight in their regular season finale. The home varsity match begins at 7 p.m.
AHS VOLLEYBALL LINE SCORE
Louisville 3, Arlington 2
LHS (9-17) 21 25 24 25 15 — 3
AHS (14-10) 25 19 26 21 9 — 2
— Staff reports
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