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Surging Stars top WRV

SWITZ CITY – BNL’s Brynlea Bennett sparked an 11-point run in the final game as the Stars stopped WRV in four sets on Thursday night.
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SWITZ CITY – Bedford North Lawrence continued its late-season surge of success, battling past White River Valley in four sets during high school volleyball action on Thursday night.

The Stars (4-18) scrambled to a 26-24, 25-13, 24-26, 25-14 victory, posting their third win in the last four outings.

“We played well,” BNL coach Jordan Robbins said. “Our aggressive serving has been one constant for us. These kids put the ball where I ask them and put teams in tough defensive positions.”

The Stars pulled out Set 1 when the chair umpire reversed a line call at 25-24. After dominating the second set, BNL allowed a late 23-21 lead to vanish in the next set, but Brynlea Bennett’s serve streak ignited an 11-point run in the final frame.

“They played tough and had more glimmers of the tough team we can be, full of confidence at those points,” Robbins said. “For that, I am so proud. We are working and getting better each set.”

SWITZ CITY – BNL’s Merritt Callahan dished out 33 assists to spark BNL’s attack.

BNL had multiple contributors. Merritt Callahan was 15 of 15 serving with 33 assists and 17 digs. Carlee Kern was 20 of 22 at the line with 6 aces, 16 points, 16 digs, 4 blocks and 12 kills.

Annie Waggoner added 14 of 15 serving with 10 digs and 6 kills, Haley Deckard totaled 16 digs and 10 kills, Myla Bergman was 16 of 16 serving with 12 digs, and Bennett posted 11 digs, 12 service points and 6 kills.

“Our team was able to make more of those scrappy plays in order to take the win,” Robbins said. “We had so many contribute and play selflessly in their positions, for each other. That’s something we needed and it was great to see them work as one unit.”

BNL will travel to Jeffersonville on Saturday.