Lady Patriots drop two in Oklahoma trip
MOORE, Okla. — Facing two nationally regarded teams from the Southwest Region on Thursday night, the Lady Patriots of Baptist Bible College dropped both matches of the night at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College.
The Lady Patriots fell to Arlington Baptist, 25-10, 25-12, 25-20.
In their nightcap, the Lady Patriots fell to the host, 25-13, 25-17, 25-15.
Arlington Baptist 3, BBC 0
The Lady Patriots had trouble with Arlington’s size advantage. Arlington had five players 5-foot-11 or taller on their squad led by a 6-3 freshman. After BBC adjusted to the height differences, the squad made a run in the third and final set. The Lady Patriots lost the match, 25-10, 25-12, 25-20. Stormi Stecher, San Diego, Calif., started the final set with a block. Later Stecher had a tip to tie the game at 5-5 off of a set by Hannah Brasel, Valley Springs, Ark. The Lady Patriots managed to score the next three points with Stecher behind the service line. She had an ace in the run.
Arlington came back and tied the set at 8-8, but over the next two rallies, Rachel Inge, Omaha, Neb., had two kills to give the Lady Patriots an 11-9 lead. Inge later had an ace and the Lady Patriots held their largest lead of the match at 14-10. Arlington took the serve back, but Brasel scored on a tip to put the Lady Patriots back on top by four at 15-11. Taking advantage of the Lady Patriots receiving errors, Arlington took a 16-15 lead. The Texas school’s lead was short-lived as Stecher had a kill to tie the set at 16. The set was tied again at 17, 18 and 19.
Arlington moved ahead 23-19, but the Lady Patriots didn’t give up as they had a backline kill from Linzy Dunham, Harrisonville, Mo., to pull BBC back within three. In the match, Inge had four kills, two tips and five aces. Stecher had four kills, two tips, two blocks and an ace. Brasel had two tips and Dunham and Bethany Inge had a kill each.
Brasel had 14 assists in the game.
Hillsdale College 3, BBC 0
Baptist Bible College got off to a slow start against Hillsdale, but the squad gathered momentum midway through the first set on the their way to dropping a 25-13, 25-17, 25-15 match.
Hillsdale jetted out to a 9-2 advantage as the only offensive point scored by the Lady Patriots was a tip by Stecher. The Lady Patriots began to pick up their offense as Rachel Inge had a kill and then scored a tip off of a Brasel pass.
Trailing, 15-7, the Lady Pats began to click. Rachel Inge had an ace and later Brasel had a tip as BBC had battled back to trail, 17-12. Hillsdale reeled off the next seven points.
BBC came back in the second set. A kill by Rachel Inge tied the game at 1-1. Then she had a backline kill to make the score 2-2. The set was tied at 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as Stecher, Rachel Inge and Dunham each had a kill in the streak.
Hillsdale took a 13-11 lead, but BBC scored with a Rachel Inge kill off of a Brasel quick set.
The Lady Saints began to pull away, but not without a fight from the Lady Patriots. Rachel Inge had a kill and Stecher won a joust to keep Hillsdale within sight. The third set started to the favor of BBC. A Bethany Inge block gave the Lady Patriots a 5-2 lead. Hillsdale moved ahead 10-7, but Brasel scored on a tip to cut the lead to two points. The Lady Saints then caught fire and rolled to a 17-8 lead.
BBC didn’t give up. Rachel Inge had a serving rotation which included an ace to bring the Lady Patriots back to within, 17-12. A kill by Stecher off a Brasel set kept the Lady Patriots in the match. Samantha Maertens of Mansfield, Ohio had a kill off of a Bethany Inge set to pull the Lady Patriots within, 23-15.
Leading the Lady Patriots in the match was Rachel Inge with five kills, one tip and three aces. Stecher had two kills and a tip; Brasel two tips; Bethany Inge a block; and Dunham and Maertens one kill each. Brasel had eight assists and Bethany Inge had one.
Brittany Bourgeois, San Angelo, Texas, provided steady passing for the Lady Patriots and Natalie Canfield, Belton, Mo. had a solid night on the front line.