In a week of back-to-back matches with opponents from Bedford County for the Bedford volleyball team, the Lady Bisons took Everett for the second time this year with a 25-22, 25-6, 24-26, 25-17 win exceeded. Monday night
The Lady Bisons were in Chestnut Ridge on Tuesday evening.
The match included two highly competitive games in Game One and Game Two.
In the first game, Everett took the lead 6-2, with Ella Hinish serving two points, including an ace and three points from Liah Ramsey. Marissa Hillegas had a kill and a block in this sequence.
Bedford, however, did not allow any further service point for almost the next two rotations while the Lady Bisons got rolling. Natalie Lippincott had eight kills in the first game alone, while Bailey Stahlman had five and a block.
Bedford didn’t have a big run in the first game but the hosts struck off and took the lead with two serves from Riley Ruffley, with Stahlman taking a kill and a block for a 12-11 lead.
Bedford led 17-15, with Lippincott taking a kill for a sideout and serving three points with an ace and two Rylea stayer kills.
Bedford hit the match point at 24-20, but Everett got a sideout and Hillegas served two points, including an ace, to reduce the gap to 24-22. However, Lippincott did get a spike with Everett making a great dig and save to get him over the net, but Lippincott’s second spike of the game found the bottom for the 25-22 win.
The Lady Bisons carried this momentum into the second game. Ruffley scored 16 points to start the second game, which included an ace plus six kills and a block from Stahlman. Bedford rolled to a 25-8 win in the second game.
“Everything clicked in the first two games,” said Bedford first-year coach John Porta. “Natalie had a great night. I thought our passing game was great in the first two games. “
Lippincott had 22 kills while Stahlman had 20 kills and eight blocks.
Game three was a back and forth fight. Bedford had an early 11-5 lead after a five-point run from Emma Harclerode that included an ace and three kills from Lippincott, but Everett later took the lead with a six-point run from Hinish. The Lady Warriors had three blocks down Hillegas, giving Everett a 19-17 lead.
Bedford eventually scored a three-point run from Livie Nouse that included an ace and a kill from Lippincott. With the two teams exchanging sideouts, Bedford got a kill from Lippincott to get her to match point, 24-23, but Everett got the sideouts before Ashlyn Hicks led the game to two serves, including an ace for 26-24 .
That dynamic continued in game four when Everett opened a 4-0 lead with a sideout and three hinish serves, including an ace and a kill from Hillegas.
Everett led up to 9-6 before Bedford made his comeback. Lippincott had a kill for the side, then served points to tie the game. Bedford took the lead with Ruffley served on a block and a kill from Stahlman and a kill from Peri Bagley.
Bedford used his service game to score some points, with Stahlman serving up an ace followed by two by Laney Lafferty before Lippincott served the match winner for a 25-17 win.
“I was hoping to fight a little more in game four than we did in game three,” said Everett coach Sue Conner. “We wanted that. We have to play against the good teams at this time of the year. “
Ruffley had 25 assists while Lafferty had 20. Harclerode had a busy night with 23 digs. Bedford combined for 13 aces.
Hicks and Ramsey both had 11 assists for the Lady Warriors, while Hillegas had eight kills and seven blocks. Hinish and Treece had 10 and 9 digs, respectively.
For the Lady Warriors, Hillegas had seven kills and five blocks, while Beegle had six kills.
Everett was in McConnellsburg on Tuesday while Bedford went to Chestnut Ridge. On Thursday, Everett Northern receives Bedford and Bedford is with Bishop Carroll.