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Bald Eagle wins straight 3-0 contest against upstart Lady Raiders

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – Two teams both heading upwards as the season winds down met up on the volleyball court Tuesday when Bellefonte traveled to play rival Bald Eagle Area.

The experienced Lady Eagles are riding a winning streak as of late while the upstart Lady Raiders are looking to battle for a playoff berth at 7-7.

It was a night of a lot of back-and -forth action but in the end, the Lady Eagles were too much for Bellefonte.

Bald Eagle won in three sets (25-19, 25-12, 25-19).

“Bellefonte’s improving. She (Monica Smith) is doing a nice job over there. Their big and aggressive,” said Bald Eagle coach Lawrence Campbell. “We were able to put them in some bad situations that they made a lot of unforced errors. We’re improving. We kind of jumped out quick and the game was over. And in set three we had a pretty big lead and kept it rolling.”

In the first game, Bellefonte got started quickly, posting a 4-0 advantage.

The Lady Raiders got four service points from Alexia Meshock.

“They are always going to play Bald Eagle strong. They’ve been a powerhouse in our league for many years and they really get pumped for that,” said Bellefonte coach Smith. “I thought they played pretty well. They never gave up and I thought we put together a decent game.”

But the Eagles battled back to take the lead after posting an early side out.

Kristen Onder pounded out four consecutive service points of her own, taking a 5-4 lead.

From there the Eagles would never trail again as the two would battle until the very end until Bald Eagle finished things off outscoring Bellefonte 5-1 to take the first game.

In the second game, the Lady Raiders fought but couldn’t keep pace with the strong front row presence en route to the 25-12 victory.

In the final game, both teams went at it in a back and forth battle with the experience of the veteran Eagles taking the edge, winning 25-19 and the game.

Leading the way for the Lady Eagles were Lexi Skripek with 29 digs, an assist and three aces, Maddison Eckley with four digs, three kills and 28 assists  and Kristen Onder with 11 dig and an ace.

Leading the Bellefonte charge on the night were Carlee Pepperman led with nine kills, seven digs and an ace,Alexia Mishock had four kills, 10 digs and an ace,Lily Gardner had 17 digs, Madison Melius had 16 assists, Makenna Port and Tayla Miller each had four

Kills, four and five digs respectively.

Bellefonte falls to 7-8 on the season.

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