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Bellefontaine sweeps Tippecanoe in three sets

Benjamin Logan beats Urbana to remain perfect

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Bellefontaine’s Shelbi Kauffman records a dig in front of teammate Carley Strzalka during Tuesday’s home win over Tippecanoe. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Bellefontaine’s varsity volleyball team honored a student Tuesday who recently passed away, and also notched a big victory over a longtime nemesis.

The Chieftain players sold baked goods and conducted  a 50/50 raffle that netted $250 for the family of Joy Dela Pena, a BHS student who died Aug. 31.

“I would like to thank all of those who participated and supported BHS tonight,” said head coach Tara Zedeker.

On the court, Bellefontaine blitzed Tippecanoe 26-24, 25-17, 25-20.

The Chiefs are now 7-3 overall and 2-3 in the Central Buckeye Conference. The Red Devils fall to 3-5, 1-4.

Shelbi Kauffman tallied 26 digs and was 16-16 serving and Kameren Haley registered 13 kills to spark the win.

Also for BHS, Whitney Rader was 13-13 serving with two blocks and five kills, Carley Strzalka was 13-13 serving with 11 digs, Jaelyn Jester was 12-13 serving with 20 assists, Jordan Lininger was 10-10 serving with 15 assists, Jessica Kinchen had nine kills and 10 digs, Jazmyn Haley had 10 kills and Kenzie Brunswick added five kills.

Bellefontaine’s junior varsity team lost 25-17, 25-21.

The Chiefs return to action Thursday at home against Indian Lake in a Volley For A Cure match. All proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Raiders oust Hillclimbers

In a matchup of the two top volleyball teams in the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division, Benjamin Logan knocked off Urbana 27-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20 on Tuesday.

The squads came into the contest with 4-0 conference records. The Raiders are now 11-0 overall and 5-0 in league play, while the Hillclimbers slip to 7-4, 4-1.

Ben Logan was fueled by a balanced attack. Ciarra Wirick had 10 kills, five aces and 11 digs, Alex Thompson recorded nine kills and two solo blocks, Kylee Smith added seven kills and Jessica Yoder and Courtney Stewart were key on serves received and defense.

Urbana defeated the Ben Logan reserve team in straight sets. The Raiders are now 9-2 overall. Madison Mahan recorded five kills, Katie Bisel had four kills and Tayler Rose dished out eight assists.

In the freshman match, Urbana won 25-23, 25-17. For the Raiders, Autumn Walborn had four kills, one block and three aces, Aubree Durnell came up with seven digs and Jessie Griffin had one ace and one dig.

Ben Logan plays at Tippecanoe on Thursday.

Indian Lake derailed by Knights

Host Greenon pulled out a 13-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 win over Indian Lake in a Central Buckeye Conference volleyball match Tuesday.

The Lakers are now 8-6 overall and 2-3 in the CBC.

Allison Knief led the Lakers’ offense with nine kills and Claire Maier notched 29 assists and served up three aces.

In the junior varsity match, Indian Lake won 25-17, 25-15. Jordan Risner was solid on serving and offense for the Lakers, Monica Boswell had a strong setting effort and Tori Lones sparked the defense with a consistent passing and digging effort.

The Lakers play at Bellefontaine on Thursday in a Volley For A Cure match.

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