Bellevue Sweeps Shelby In Volleyball Sectional

  • 10/18/2017 10:21:38 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

SHELBY, OH- A spot in the Division II volleyball sectional championship match was up for grabs Wednesday night in Shelby with the Lady Whippets hosting conference foe Bellevue in the semifinals.

Fifth-seeded Shelby entered the match with a 14-8 record but had dropped four of their last six matches to close out the regular season, including a 4-set defeat to the 10-12 Lady Redmen who won three of their final four matches before tournament play. Bellevue head coach Karen Irons was high on her squad coming into postseason play, feeling as though her girls were finding their stride at the right time. 

"We've been coming on late in the season," Irons told WMFD. "We beat Shelby the second time around then went into Clyde, beat them, then a great win over Norwalk, our nemesis in the league on their home court and so the girls have just been really coming on so I think we're peaking at the right time of the season."

The Lady Redmen's momentum was evident right from the start of Wednesday's match, as they ran out to a 12-6 1st-set lead and closed out a 25-17 victory for the early edge. Shelby then built a 13-9 advantage in the 2nd-set but Bellevue stormed back with a 16-8 run to take the set 25-21 and smashed the Lady Whippets 25-10 in the final stanza to complete the sweep, pretty much as Irons had expected. 

"Shelby's a good team. You can't take anything away from them and they play tough defense and stuff but my girls have been gaining confidence here the last two weeks and they know they can do it," says Irons. "I knew they could do it from the beginning of the season, so now they finally believe in themselves and have confidence in themselves."

Next up for Bellevue is a date at #3 Willard's place with the winner advancing to the Division II Attica District. Shelby wraps-up their season at 14-9. 

 

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