Beulah playoff journey ends
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners went into the playoffs hoping to make it to the regional semifinals. The Miners came up short of their goal, winning their first postseason game against Beach 3-0 and falling 3-1 against Heart River in the second round of the playoffs.
The Miners started the postseason with a home match against Beach and pushed to an early 7-3 lead on a Hannah Baranick kill. Jade Schafer, a junior middle, came to life in the middle of the set recording back-to-back kills and giving Beulah a 13-7 lead.
Beulah continued to cruise and won the match 25-15. Set point was won on a Heart River hitting error.
The second set was much harder for the Miners to secure. The set was tied three times in the early stages; 5-5, 7-7, and 9-9.
Schafer broke the 9-9 tie with a kill that spurred a 4-0 run, which put Beulah up 13-9. Beach didn’t go anywhere and drew within a point on senior outside Mackenzie Mattern’s ace.
Beach was trailing 13-12 and needed a big play but it didn’t come. Beulah middle Alyssa Bjornson recorded a block to push Beach back down. Beulah built a 22-14 lead off of Bjornson’s block and seemed head toward an easy win.