Cardinals Sweep Rhinos

posted Oct 1, 2015, 7:44 AM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated May 13, 2016, 2:38 PM ]
The Lady Cardinals pulled out the broom and swept Carnegie Vanguard's Rhinos out of the gym in both JV and Varsity competitions.  The Chicks took the night off as Carnegie doesn't field freshman teams.  

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Setters, Mikaela Medina and El Shaw efficiently spread the ball across the front line which scored at will.  Medina dolled out 8 assists while El Shaw logged 7 assists and 2 kills of her own.  The middles owned the net. Annika Bohmann lead Bellaire's air attack registering 6 kills and 2 blocks; while Maddi Ogden put four to the floor and blocked 2 Rhino hits.  Codi Filmore registered 4 kills from the outside while Erin Eby kept balls up from behind the ten foot line with 6 digs.  The Rhinos challenged Bellaire's JV squad in the first set; but, the Cardinals but down the Rhinos firmly in the second set (25-20, 25-10).

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Bellaire came out very strong and then struggled with maintaining focus.  Bellaire easily dismantled the smaller, less experienced Rhino team (25-7, 25-14, 25-11).  While the Cardinals can be very dominate in building big leads early; they can sometimes loose consistency and focus during the later part of a match.  Too often, the Cardinals delivered points to the Rhinos with unforced errors and poor execution.

The Rhinos had limited opportunities to serve and attack as the Cardinal front line terminated once Bellaire went on attack.  On the night, senior captain Sundara Chinn was the only player to put down double digit kills with 13.  Middles Maya Evans landed 9 kills in 2 sets of work while senior Travana Matthews gave the Cardinals 7 kills on 9 attempts (778 kill %) in the only set she played.  The Rhinos strength was back row defense which limited Bellaire's aces to only 9.  Megan Evans had 3 aces on 19 services and Ella Hawes, who leads the team in aces on the season, was able to score only 1 ace on 13 serves.  The Rhinos executed very few attacks.  For the night, the Cardinals registered only 6 blocks as a team.  Libero Ella Hawes, once again, led the team in digs with 12 while setter Megan Evans also had double digit digs with 11.  The Rhinos did not serve very often; limiting Bellaire's serve receives to 28 where Ella Hawes was the only Cardinal who collected double digit receipts at 12.  Every varsity player made it to the floor. 

The 2015 varsity teams is very experienced and mature; but will need to maintain focus to consistently execute in the second round of district play.  So far this season Bellaire has held every district opponent to under 15 points (in a set) and sits on top of the district leader board as the only undefeated team (8-0) in District 20-6A.