Bellaire sweeps Shadyside in volleyball

Bellaire’s volleyball team made quick and easy work of Shadyside before a large crowd inside a hot ‘House of Champions’ Gymnasium Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Big Reds roared out of the gates with 11 of the match’s first 12 points and never looked back en route to a 25-8, 25-11 and 25-4 victory against the Lady Tigers, who continue to make positive strides as they build their program from the ground up.

“I don’t know what it’s like to build a program, like Shadyside is, but I can certainly sympathize,” said Bellaire head coach Kaye Sechrest. “We’ve had some up-and-down seasons. Shadyside is going to get it going and be good eventually.”

It just wasn’t on this night as the Lady Big Reds put their foot on the gas early and didn’t let up, which was exactly what Sechrest has been stressing to her team, which won for the second time in five outings.

“We wanted to put the pressure on Shadyside because you never know,” Sechrest said. “You can’t let teams even think they have a chance.”

The Lady Tigers probably never got that feeling. In the second game, Bellaire raced out to a 10-4 lead and it scored 12 of the first 14 points in the third game before closing it out with 10 straight points.

“It’s our everyday battle,” said Shadyside head coach Joel Joseph about the experience factor. “We’re fighting against teams that are way more experienced than we are. We’re thrown into the fire. The kids are doing everything they possibly can to get better. It’s tough because we have a lot of competitive kids. We’ve got great character kids and I think they’re having as much fun as you possibly can and not win.”

Joseph keeps stressing to his team that patience are a virtue and improving each time on the court is arguably more important than the actual verdict.

“I’ve tried to paint a bigger picture for the girls,” Joseph said. “This (season) isn’t just for them this year. It’s for the kids in fourth grade or second grade. We’re building things for way down the road that they may not get to see.”

Bellaire was led on the stat sheet by junior Cari Crozier who had six kills. Lindsey McMahon, Hunter Eden and Melissa Cordy each had four kills. Cordy also had nine assists. Mackenzie Conroy added eight aces and five digs.

The Lady Big Reds were also a straight set winner in the jayvee encounter.

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