Bellaire outlasts Harrison in five

BELLAIRE Harrison Central took Bellaire to the brink Monday evening in their prep volleyball match, but fell 15-9 in the match’s final set to Bellaire.

The Big Reds won the first game of the evening 25-23 but the Huskies switched it up to even the score at 1 a piece with their own 25-23 victory.

Harrison Central had the momentum and went up 20-14 in the third match taking a 2-1 advantage by a 25-20 tally to put their hosts backs against the wall.

Facing elimination, Bellaire got back on track in the fourth after falling behind early. The Big Red knotted it up at 8 all then rolled ahead to a convincing 25-14 win.

The Big Reds had the momentum back, a crucial ingredient in the shortened fifth game.

“We definitely played better than we did last Thursday,” said Harrison Central head coach Sarah Hawthorne. “It was disappointing, we had 18 serving errors tonight.”

“Give Harrison Central credit,” said Bellaire head coach Kaye Sechrest. “They came to play tonight and they played a good game.”

Katie Stackhouse led the way for the Huskies with 13 kills, 17 digs and 19 points. D.J. Keesy added 9 kills, one block and served up 10 points. Jesse Ledger had 7 kills and dug up 17 for Harrison Central.

Hunter Eden had 8 kills for the Big Reds, Elisha Gillespie and Cari Crozier both added 6 of the deadly spikes while Crozier added 20 points.

Tori Duffy set 10 assist while Mary Garloch set 8. Morgan Runyan served up 24 points and dug up 12 for Bellaire.

The Huskies stayed stuck on one victory against 16 defeats while Bellaire evens its season mark at 8-8. The Big Reds travel to Bridgeport tonight while Harrison Central will travel to Edison Wednesday evening.