Stars stay cool to douse Devils in 5-set thriller

BNL’s Carlee Kern guides a shot over the net during Saturday’s clash with Jeffersonville. The Stars rallied for a 5-set win over the Devils.
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BEDFORD – Gabrielle Arthur’s wrist-bound heart monitor – meant to track exercise – kept going off while she paced the sideline. Arthur wasn’t moving much, except for living and dying with every point.

If Bedford North Lawrence could sense the stress on its head coach, the Stars didn’t display it. Locked in another five-set duel, they battled back from double-match point to record a thrilling triumph on Saturday.

BNL, for the sixth time this season, went the distance, rallying to clip Jeffersonville 25-17, 21-25, 25-10, 22-25, 16-14 in a battle worth every penny of the funds raised for the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

The Stars (14-10 with four straight wins) trailed 14-12 in the final set before fighting back with the final four points.

“I was pretty speechless at the end of that game,” Arthur said. “They fought to the very end. The hardest part of a volleyball game is being down in the fifth set, and fighting back. And they did it.”

The final flurry came from Carlee Kern (a kill off an assist from Annie Waggoner), Haley Deckard (a block at the net), Waggoner (a dump into open territory) and Deckard (a tip winner).

Getting to that point was just as stressful as the conclusion.

BNL’s Annie Waggoner pushes the ball toward the net for a teammate’s attack. Waggoner totaled 20 assists.
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The Stars cruised through the opening set but stumbled in the second. Myla Bergman served 11 consecutive points (including 4 aces) during a sizzling run to a 24-7 lead in Set 3, and the Stars carried that momentum into the fourth set for a 20-17 advantage. The Devils refused to die that quietly.

Jeffersonville jumped in front in the final set, taking a 13-11 lead and then the 14-12 edge that put the Devils on the brink. They never got there.

“I’m just so proud of them,” Arthur said. “It’s great momentum heading into a tough conference game on Tuesday.”

Waggoner totaled 8 dumps, 12 digs and 20 assists. Bergman had 16 digs, and Deckard finished with 14 kills, 9 digs and 9 blocks.

Brynlea Bennett spiked 8 kills, Kern added 8 kills and 7 blocks, and Hayley Davis chipped in 18 digs.

BNL (3-3 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) will host Seymour in its final league clash on Tuesday.

BNL’s Myla Bergman had a big serving game and also totaled 16 defensive digs on the back row.
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