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The shot heard around D6; One play sparks Bellefonte volleyball team to capture D6 Class AAA title

Sometimes it only takes one shot to spark a team in the right direction.

So was the case with the Bellefonte volleyball team Wednesday in their District 6 Class AAA contest against a veteran Hollidaysburg team.

Trailing 18-8 in the first game, Tayla Miller hustled for a ball that was headed into the stands. With no time to turn around, Miller hit hit awkwardly behind her head and it sailed over the net, leading to the Bellefonte point.

Despite losing the first set, the Lady  Raiders rode that momentum into game two and from then on the Red Raiders would not be denied as they defeated the Tigers 3-1 to capture the District 6 title with wins of 25-19, 25-23 and 25-16.

Even in the set Bellefonte lost it rallied from 18-8 to fall only by a 25-20 margin.

“That was literally game changing. I almost told her to stop going because I didn’t want her to get hurt. It was incredible,” said Bellefonte coach Monica Smith. “It was something we definitely needed to spark our enthusiasm and we just ran with it after that. I am so proud of them. They did so well.”

After showing the turnaround in game one, the Red Raiders started to put things together both offensively and defensively going into game two.

Despite falling 25-20, Bellefonte exploded in the second game, opening on a 3-1 run with a service point coming from Alexia Mishock.

Mishock was one of the clutch players for Smith when the team needed a big play.

After building up a 5-3 advantage, the Bellefonte saw its lead dissolve on four consecutive service points by Sydney Lear, making it a 8-5 lead for the Tigers.

However, the Lady Raiders were later focused and ready to scrape and claw its way back into the lead, which they would keep it close trailing by three at 17-14.

It was time for the Lady Raiders to make their move as they grinded out a 9-1 scoring run which was led by the clutch serves of Eva Helms. In the run, had an ace while Mishock had a spike and the frontline kept the Tigers big hitter Brittyn Davenport from changing the momentum.

When the dust settled on the run, the Red Raiders had things under control, leading 23-18.

In the end, they sealed the deal, winning 25-19 and tying the match.

As the match grew older, the Bellefonte play continued to sizzle as it opened game three of the series with a 5-1 advantage.

The run was sparked by a Mishock service point and three from Makenna Port.

But Hollidaysburg was not going to go away so easy as it went on a run of its own on the serves of Joelle DeLattre who tied things at six with three service points.

But then the game was a back-and-forth battle at the net as each team showcased its talents at the way championship games are supposed to.

Trailing 20-17, things weren’t  looking the best for the Lady Raiders until Helms stepped to the service line again. She rolled out seven service points in the run and two of which were aces, turning the momentum back into the corner of Bellefonte.

After a mini run by the Tigers with three service points by Alexis Woodring.

But in true champion fashion, the Lady Raiders held their challenger off and took care of game three to give them a 2-1 advantage.

In the final game of the night, there was no stopping the Lady Raiders as they held momentum from beginning to end and held the confident demeanor that championship teams possess when trying to close out their opponent.

In the end, Bellefonte did just that and celebrated a 25-16 victory and the new title of District 6 champion.

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