Thunderbirds rally to clip Stars in 5 sets

EASTERN HEIGHTS – BNL’s Hayley Davis, Camryn Anderson and Trinidy Bailey confer on the court during Monday’s clash at Eastern Greene.
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EASTERN HEIGHTS – Eastern Greene rallied to record a five-set victory over Bedford North Lawrence during high school volleyball action on Monday night.

The Thunderbirds (9-12) won the final two sets for a thrilling 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12 win. The Stars, who adjusted their rotations, slipped to 2-16.

BNL inserted freshman Trinidy Bailey into the lineup as the setter, shifted Sammie Gratzer to outside hitter and Hayley Davis to the middle spot. Senior reserve Graycen Todd also logged additional playing time.

“I was really proud of how we transitioned into those roles and got the job done there,” BNL coach Whitney Carroll said. “We played good volleyball all night but they found a weak spot on our defense and capitalized on it.
We’ve got to find some defenders that will cover the middle. We talk a lot about mentality and right now we don’t have enough people in the back row going all out.”

Gratzer and Davis totaled 12 kills each, Annie Waggoner had 11 kills and 14 digs, while Camryn Anderson added 6 kills and 26 digs.

The Stars will host Columbus North on Tuesday.