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BDS State Bound

 

By: GREG SCELLIN
Signal Editor

The script played out for the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley volleyball team, as the 26-5 Eagles were rewarded for their season of work.  BDS earned the second wildcard and will enter the 2017 NSAA Class D-1 State Volleyball Tournament as the No. 3-seed.
The Eagles will square off with 25-9 Clarkson/Leigh this Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., at Lincoln East High School.  With a win over the Patriots, BDS will, more-than-likely, face defending state champion Johnson-Brock in one of the D-1 semi-final match-ups.  This game will take place at 9 a.m., on the South Court at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday.  The D-1 state final is this Saturday at 11 a.m., at Devaney.
But the possible match-up with J-B isn't a shocker, as BDS knew the other Eagles and Meridian stood in their path to Lincoln in sub-districts and districts. The 29-2 Mustangs are the state tourney's top-seed and loom the team to beat on the other side of the bracket.
The Eagles gave Meridian everything it wanted and then some in the D1-2 Sub-district final last Tuesday.  The Mustangs prevailed for the third time this season over BDS 23-25, 25-15, 25-10, 21-25, 15-12.
The Eagles came out strong on October 30 taking the opening set at Fairbury High School. BDS head coach Kari Jo Alfs said she felt her squad seemed a bit tired in sets number two and three, as the Mustangs captured these rather easily.
"The girls decided to fight back and won the fourth set forcing a fifth," Alfs said.  "The girls put up one heck of a fight before a packed house in Fairbury."
Carley Elznic pounded 14 kills against Meridian and Jadyn Kleinschmidt added 13 terminations.  Regan Alfs thumped 11 kills and Kim Ardissono had five.  Macy Kamler hammered down four.  Kleinschmidt tallied 27 assists and Alfs had 15.
Kamler paced the defense with seven blocks and 13 digs. Elznic tallied four blocks and a dozen digs.  Emilie Schardt recorded three blocks.  Megan Grote had 33 digs and Kleinschmidt had 26.  Alfs nailed an ace serve against the Mustangs.
BDS advanced to the sub-district final with a convincing 25-18, 25-6, 25-19 victory over Lawrence/Nelson.
"The girls worked together as a team and did a nice job defensively serve receiving," Alfs said.  "The setters did a nice job of getting the ball to the right hitters according to the passers. Our girls came out and attacked aggressively and separated themselves rather quickly from L/N in the first two sets."
Elznic pounded nine kills against the Raiders and Alfs nailed seven.  Kleinschmidt added six terminations and Kamler had three.  Grote smacked three kills and Ardissono had two. Kleinschmidt put up 13 ace sets and Alfs had 11.
Kamler posted three ace blocks in the win. Kamler had 11 digs and Grote had nine. Elznic and Alfs both had eight digs. Kleinschmidt, Kamler and Grote all belted an ace serve.