CALEDONIA – Greenville carried the momentum spawned by two aces from Kate Bangert during an 8-0 run to begin the decisive third set of a volleyball game, and defeated Valley on Thursday evening.
Bangert ended with 10 digs, as the Lady Bears maintained a sizable advantage late to earn a 12-25, 25-22, 25-18 winning result.
Jaden Francis provided hard hitting throughout the game for Greenville to finish with 13 kills and five digs. She was on the receiving end of the majority of sets, and added a spark down the stretch to prevent Valley from narrowing the score.
The Lady Vikings were digging well and benefiting from miscommunication between opposing players, but a return into the net ended the game.
Madi Lucas led Valley (3-4) with 11 digs. Emma Beers tallied seven, as Emily Nipper and Mariah Buxton each had five.
Francis contributed two hard kills to help Greenville to a 4-0 start in a narrow second set. The Lady Vikings quickly battled back and won a long rally to tie the set 4-4, thanks to outstanding hustle from Nipper.
The blinding spikes from Francis were often offset by returning errors, and Valley forced yet another tie at 9-9.
The Lady Bears broke away to 16-10 on six straight service points by Emilie O’Dell. The Lady Vikings again had an answer, going on their own 6-0 run behind the serving of Lucas for the third tie of the set at 16-16.
Valley took a brief advantage at 18-17 as Nipper was still trying to keep the team alive with diving plays. However, Greenville won several long rallies and cleaned up its play to finish out the set.
The Lady Vikings began the game with a dominant offense, led by four kills from Beers and Schrum. They put together several long runs to generate and keep an early edge.
Buxton contributed two aces for a 6-1 lead, followed by another from Maddy Schrum to make the score 9-2.
Beers served six straight points moments later to move ahead 15-4, despite diving efforts from McKenzie Miller and Emilie O’Dell on the other end. O’Dell finished with 21 assists for Greenville, and Miller had six kills with a block.
Miscues again hindered the hard-fought effort by the Lady Bears, and the first set closed after Tristin Porter was called for hitting the net on a block attempt.