Lady Hawks improve to .500 with big section win

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By Brianna Shannon

The Bethel Park girls’ varsity volleyball team beat the Mount Lebanon Blue Devils 3-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 19 in a pivotal Section 2-AAAA match.

The Blue Devils hung on for a 25-22 win  in the first set, for their lone win of the match. The Lady Hawks rallied back to take the next three sets with scores of 25-13, 25-19, and 28-26.

The match was even from start to finish. The Black Hawks were in control the final three sets, but unforced errors opened the door for a possible Blue Devil comeback. Junior Brenna Manko prevented this and helped the Black Hawks prevail with her 19 kills. Senior Erin Sullivan had 10 kills, and senior Stephanie Kazalas followed with nine.

Mount Lebanon mixed up their offensive attacks, keeping the Lady Hawks on their toes. They had five players with seven or more kills, but that wasn’t enough to derail Bethel Park’s defense. The Hawks gave this right back to them and forced the Blue Devils to stay neutral, especially when junior defensive specialist Jaclyn Kogler killed the ball in the midst of the third set. Jaclyn’s kill helped the team finish out the set and eventually the match.

The win against Mt. Lebanon now brings the Black Hawks’ record back to .500, standing at 3-3 overall, 2-2 in the section, and 1-1 in non-section.

The Black Hawks will travel to Canon-McMillan next on Thursday, Sept. 21 in another section matchup.