The Beatrice volleyball team won three straight maches to claim the Bishop Neuman Invite championship on Saturday.
The Lady O defeated host team Neuman in the first match 25-21, 16-25, 25-18.
"As the scores show, it was a battle the whole set," said Beatrice Coach Melissa Carper. "Bishop Neuman came out the second set serving tough and that caused us to get behind, making it hard to come back. In the third set, we had enough and came out tough on them and took care of them."
Devyn Burroughs led the Beatrice offensive attack with eight kills while Mariah Allen and Kaitlyn Church had five kills each. Chelsea Leners had three kills, Mak Hatcliff and Avery Gaertig had two kills each and Sadie Glynn had one kill. Jaiden Coudeyras has 22 assists.
From the service line, Church had four aces while Hatcliff had two aces and Burroughs had one ace.
Defensively, Beatrice had seven total blocks. Church, Leners and Burroughs were all in on three blocks each while Coudeyras was in on two blocks and Glynn had one block. Hatcliff had 15 digs.
In the second match, Beatrice beat York 23-25, 25-22, 25-13. Carper said this was the most aggressive York team she has seen in several years despite having just one senior.
The first set was back and fourth and unforced errors caused Beatrice to come out on the losing end.
"We battled again in the second set and they made some unforced errors that cost them," Carper said. "In the third set, we were more aggressive with the ball and they had too many ball control and communication errors, so we ran with the momentum without looking back. We will see York again next month with Seward for a triangular."
Burroughs had 16 kills in the match while Allen had seven kills and Glynn and Leners had four kills each. Coudeyras had 27 assists.
From the service line, Church had two ace serves while Glynn had one ace serve.
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Defensively, Burroughs was in on two blocks while Church and Coudeyras were in on one block each. Hatcliff had 21 digs, Allen had 14 digs and Coudeyras had 12 digs.
Beatrice defeated Battle Creek 29-27, 25-19 to wrap up the championship. Battle Creek was the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
The two teams battled back and forth and Battle Creek went on a run of points with their attacks. Carper said they focused on keeping the ball away from their libero.
"Jaiden Coudeyras had a good run of points from her serve that put us back in the game in the first set," Carper said. "In the second set, Kaitlyn Church got us a decent lead with her serves. After a few rotations, Mariah Allen added a run of serves, too."
Carper said keeping the ball away from Battle Creek's libero and keying in on their strong hitters led to the win.
"Battle Creek had too many hitting errors towards the end of the second set," Carper said. "So we ran with that momentum to end it in two sets."
Burroughs had nine kills for the Lady O while Leners had seven kills, Allen had five kills, Glynn had two kills and Coudeyras and Church had one kill each.
Coudeyras had 23 assists. Church had one ace serve for Beatrice.
Church and Allen were in in two blocks each while Burroughs was in on one block. Hatcliff had 20 digs, Coudeyras had 13 digs, Burroughs had 11 digs and Allen had 10 digs.
This is the first time Beatrice has one this tournament. They finished second to Neuman last year.
"These girls accepted and overcame adversity that day," Carper said. "These girls played tough and it showed that they competed the best they could. We have Duchesne on Thursday at home, so our challenges don't slow down."