November 4, 2015

Beulah VB splits important games

By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners approached last week focused, because it was important in terms of Region 7 tournament seeding. If the Miners grabbed two Region 7 wins, it meant they had a chance to earn the No. 5 seed.
The Miners started the week well, grabbing a non-regional five-set away win over Bishop Ryan, but failed to defeat their first Region 7 foe-of-the-week, Glen Ullin-Hebron, in a five-set match.
The first set against Glen Ullin-Hebron didn’t start well, and Beulah trailed 9-5 early on. Beulah tied the set at 9-9 on a Hannah Baranick kill, but once again fell behind.
Glen Ullin-Hebron led 19-13 before Beulah showed a small spark. Beulah went on a 3-1 run, which ended on a Phoebe Garman ace and cut Glen Ullin-Hebron’s lead to 20-16.
It appeared like the 4-5 point gap Glen Ullin-Hebron held for most of the match was going to hold. Glen Ullin-Hebron led 22-17 before Beulah gave a late counter and tied the score.
Beulah rallied with a 5-0 run, which was keyed by two Liz Wash aces, tying the game at 22-22. Beulah failed once again to break the tie after a Baranick hitting error.
Baranick made up for her mistake by getting a kill on the next play to re-tie the match at 23-23. This time Beulah broke the tie.
Kourtney Hintz earned a kill and Glen Ullin-Hebron failed to return Beulah’s serve, ending the set 25-23. Beulah kept the momentum from their comeback win in set 1 going in the second set of the game and built a big lead.
Beulah led 17-7 and never looked back, winning the set 25-17. Beulah went up 2-0 after having a slow start in the first set.
Beulah Head Coach Brian Filibeck felt like his team’s approach lacked energy at the start and that, when his team started to play with energy, good results followed.

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