Stars Tip Cubs in 5-set Thriller

BNL celebrates after recording a five-set victory over Madison on Saturday.
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(BEDFORD) – Bedford North Lawrence went the distance to end its skid.

The Stars (2-17 overall, 1-5 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) snapped a 10-match streak with a thrilling five-set win over Madison on Saturday, battling back for a 25-18, 18-25, 25-23, 13-25, 15-10 triumph.

“I’m so proud of the girls for pulling off a conference win,” BNL coach Jordan Robbins said. “It was hard fought, and the girls really showed determination and some mental toughness.”

BNL roared out of the gate as Carlee Kern set the tone with her net play. After dropping the second set, the Stars rallied from a 9-3 deficit in the third and blasted to a 19-12 lead as Brynlea Bennett took charge, then held on at the end.

Brynlea Bennett skies at the net to keep the ball in play.
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“We had many spurts of hustle and teamwork,” Robbins said. “And for that I am very proud. Madison is a tough team and made us fight for the win. They had some aggressive servers and made runs, but our kids didn’t back down and finished the match.”

Merritt Callahan was 15 of 15 serving with 15 digs, Kern was 13 of 13 serving with 5 blocks, 22 digs and 12 kills. Haley Deckard added 21 of 23 serving for 13 points, 12 kills and 16 digs.

Bennett totaled 13 digs and 4 kills, and Annie Waggoner was 11 of 11 serving with 26 assists and 13 digs.

“The girls deserved this W,” Robbins said. “They worked hard for it.”

BNL will host Eastern Greene on Monday.

BNL’s Carlee Kern and Annie Waggoner defend the net as the ball comes up short.
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