Stars shows all their tricks during three-set sweep of Orleans

BNL’s Trinidy Bailey avoids a collision with teammate Zoey Shelton to keep the ball in play during Monday night’s clash with Orleans. The Stars posted a straight-set victory over the Bulldogs.

By Justin Sokeland

BEDFORD – The origin of the term “one-trick pony” comes from the circus. Any performer that could master only one trick was not capable of entertaining an audience for very long. The crowd demanded its money’s worth.

Bedford North Lawrence gave ‘em quite the big-top show on Monday night, displaying a multi-faceted offensive attack while cruising to a three-set sweep of Orleans. The Stars (7-13) posted a 25-11, 25-15, 25-18 victory over the Bulldogs (11-11).

Kills at the net from all angles, aces from the service line, sets from every spot on the court. BNL had a little bit of everything and showed all of its tricks.

BNL’s Sammie Gratzer powers down one of her 15 kills at the net.

“That was a lot of fun,” BNL coach Whitney Carroll said. “We ran a lot of plays on the front row. We had a lot of plays that we were comfortable enough to execute. In a game before, they might try it once or twice. We were doing it all night.”

Sammie Gratzer paced the attack with 15 kills while Camryn Anderson totaled 11 and Isabelle Harding added 4. Gratzer was also a weapon at the service line with 6 aces. On the back side, Trinidy Bailey totaled 17 defensive digs, Gratzer finished with 11 and Kendlyn Alvey had 9.

The trigger for the offense was Bailey, who finished with 31 assists.

“Trinidy’s job is to command the offense, and as a sophomore she’s still learning how to do that,” Carroll said. “So this was a good night to experiment and have some fun.”

The Stars will journey to Bloomington South on Tuesday.

BNL’s Isabelle Harding pushes the ball back toward the Orleans defense.