Tigers Lizzy Hilgers (15) and Lauren Johnson (2) stood tough at the net

Tigers Lizzy Hilgers (15) and Lauren Johnson (2) stood tough at the net during Belle Plaine’s 3-0 sweep over the Jordan Jaguars last Tuesday, Aug. 27.  (Photo by Casey Ek)

Aug. 27: 3-0 Win over Jordan

Set 1

Belle Plaine came out in somewhat of a slump against their historic rivals, the Jordan Jaguars. Starting their volleyball match down 0-2 in the first set, the Tigers fired back when Sarah Lenz finally got the team on the board.

The Tigers continued riding that momentum after senior hitter Mikayla Coops smashed back-to-back kills, scoring the Tigers’ seventh and eighth points over Jordan at 4.

Another kill from Lauren Johnson brought the score to 9-4 and prompted the Jaguars’ first time-out of the contest.

The Tigers continued to steamroll after sophomore libero Sydney Meyer notched a quick dig, which ended in another Tiger point, bringing Belle Plaine up 10-5.

The Tigers held on to a healthy lead for the remainder of the contest with a combination of kills from Leah Lenz and Coops and Johnson that brought the Tigers to the finish line.

A final kill from Johnson sealed the deal at 25-16 for the Tigers.

Set 2

Much like the first set, the Tigers started off cold, giving up four unanswered points.

Leah Lenz finally broke the cold streak with the Tigers’ first point of the set.

After back-to-back kills from Johnson, the set was all tied up at four points apiece.

Another series of unanswered points in favor of the Tigers brought the score to 6-4 and the Jaguars to their second time-out.

The Jaguars then fired back with a pair of points before Johnson hit a skillful shot down the pipe of the Jordan offense, catching them on their heels.

A block from the Tigers’ front line brought the score to 9-7.

The Tigers retained their lead for the next few minutes of play, and another crushing kill from Coops sent the Tigers up 15-10.

Jordan couldn’t come up with an answer to Belle Plaine’s well-timed offense, backed up by McKenna Ziemke off the bench.

After another strategic shot from Johnson, the Tigers were up 20-13. The Tigers then played a smart but contested final series of points. Jordan made an encouraging run toward the end of the set, but it was too little, too late.

A service error from the Jaguars ended their hopes of tying the match up, and the set ended 25-19.

Set 3

The Tigers continued their momentum and came out firing in the third set, which proved to be the most heavily contested for Belle Plaine. But Jordan was hungry and managed to pull away early.

After a kill from Ziemke, the Tigers moved up to a 6-8 deficit. But they bided their time and ended up tying the score at 11.

After a four-point skid, the Tigers called their first time-out, with the Jaguars up 11-15.

The time-out proved to be the reset the Tigers needed as they fired back. Johnson put an end to a long volley, putting the Tigers within one point of the Jaguars who had 16 points.

The teams then locked horns at 17 points. After the Tigers regained the lead at 18-17, Jordan called another time-out.

The late battle of attrition then began favoring the home team, the Tigers, who began pulling away.

Tiger Morgan Kruger had some late-match success as she mounted back-to-back kills, putting the Tigers up 22-18.

Another series brought the Tigers up 24-19. After a block from Kruger, the deed was done, and the Tigers walked away with the 3-0 sweep.

2019 BPHS Volleyball Results and Schedule

Aug. 23 - New Prague 3, BP 0

Aug. 27 - Jordan 0, BP 3

Sept. 3 - 7:00 p.m. vs. Waterville/Elysian/Morristown (results unavailable in time for publication)

Sept. 5 - 7:00 p.m. @ Norwood Young America

Sept. 12 - 7:00 p.m. vs. Southwest Christian H.S.

Sept. 16 - 7:00 p.m. @ Holy Family Catholic H.S.

Sept. 19 - 7:00 p.m. vs. Sibley East High School

Sept. 20 - 4:00 p.m.@Midwest Volleyball Warehouse

Sept. 21 - 8:00 a.m.@Midwest Volleyball Warehouse

Sept. 24 - 7:00 p.m. vs. Mankato East

Sept. 26 - 7:00 p.m. @ Jordan

Oct. 1 - 7:00 p.m. @ Mankato West

Oct. 3 - 7:00 p.m. @ Le Sueur-Henderson

Oct. 8 - 7:15 p.m. vs. Chaska

Oct. 10 - 7:00 p.m. vs. Tri-City United High School

Oct. 12 - 8:00 a.m.  @  Bloomington Jefferson Tourney

Oct. 15 - 7:00 p.m. @  Mayer Lutheran High School

Oct. 19 - 9:30 a.m.  @  Chaska Tourney

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