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The Beatrice volleyball team wrapped up their home schedule with a sweep of Nebraska City Thursday night.

The Lady O defeated the Pioneers 25-13, 25-8, 25-18, improving their record to 14-8 on the season.

Beatrice interim head coach Melissa Carper said she was happy with the team's effort.

"We wanted to focus on taking care of the ball and not forcing ourselves to put on a show," Carper said. "We did some things offensively that we haven't practiced and the girls had some success with it, which is awesome."

Nebraska City jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set, but it was all Beatrice after that. They scored the next seven points and Devyn Burroughs was responsible for four of those seven points. She had two blocks and two kills during the run. McKenzie Osborne also had a kill.

Nebraska City got back to within three, but with the score 12-8, the Lady O scored five straight points to make it 17-8. Mariah Allen had three kills during that run while Burroughs and Osborne had a kill each. Beatrice was able to coast to the 25-13 win from there.

Beatrice scored the first four points of the next set thanks to two ace serves by Osborne and an kill each by Allen and Burroughs.

With the score 6-3, Beatrice scored the next 11 of the next 12 points to open a 17-4 lead. Ally Thavenet had three kills and two ace serves during that run while Allen had two kills and Hailey Schaaf had one kill.

Beatrice went on to easily win the set 25-8, opening up a 2-0 lead in the match.

Nebraska City was able to hang tight with the Lady O in the third set, but with the score 11-11, the Lady O scored six of the next seven points to open a 17-12 lead. Thavenet had five kills during that run and added three more kills later in the set, leading the Lady O to a 25-18 win.

"We were able to capitalize on their weaknesses," Carper said. "In the third set, we didn't take care of the ball and beat ourselves a little bit and that happens in volleyball."

Ally Thavenet led the way for Beatrice with 17 kills while Allen had 12 kills, Burroughs had six kills, Ava Lovitt had three kills and Schaaf had one kill. Lovitt dished out 15 assists and an ace serve for the Lady O while Thavenet had four ace serves.

Defensively, Burroughs had five blocks while Mak Hatcliff had 13 digs and Allen had 11 digs.

"Mariah and Ally both had some good slams for us," Carper said. "The setters moved the ball around and a lot of girls had kills. We've been equally distributing the ball all year and that's good. You can't just stop one of us, because somebody else will usually step up."

Beatrice will be in action again next Thursday when they travel to a triangular at Norris. Lincoln Lutheran will be the third team. 

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