The Beatrice volleyball team was able to end a losing streak with a four set win over Omaha Gross on Thursday.
The Lady O won the match 25-23, 25-17, 24-26, 25-11 on "Pink Out" night at the Ozone.
Beatrice was one point away from getting a clean sweep. They thought they had that point in the third set when an Omaha Gross kill attempt landed outside the lines, but officials ruled that the ball was tipped, giving the point to Omaha Gross.
The team, as well as the fans had already begun celebrating the win, but were forced to retreat to their seats after the official's ruling. Omaha Gross rattled off four straight point to win the third set 26-24, forcing a fourth set.
In the fourth set, Beatrice settled back in and jumped out to a 4-1 lead behind one kill each from Mariah Allen and Devyn Burroughs and a block from Burroughs.
Beatrice maintained a 10-6 lead when Mak Hatcliff went back to the service line. Behind her serving, the Lady O was able to rattle off 11 straight points. Hatcliff had five ace serves during the rally, including four in a row.
That run extended Beatrice's lead to 21-6 and they were able to coast to the 25-11 win from there, winning the match 3-1.
Beatrice controlled things early on in the match. They fell behind 6-2 in the first set trailed for most of the set, but they were able to finally tie the score at 17-17 with an ace serve by Devyn Burroughs. A kill by Leners followed by a block gave Beatrice a 19-17 lead.
Allen answered a Cougar point with a kill to make it 20-18. Omaha Gross got back within one, but kills by Allen and Leners made it 22-19, forcing an Omaha Gross timeout.
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Omaha Gross fought back to tie it at 23-23, but an error by the Cougars followed by a kill from Burroughs finished the first set off at 25-23.
The Lady O exploded out to a 9-1 lead in the second set. Kaitlin Church had three ace serves during that opening run while Burroughs had a block and a kill.
Beatrice continued to add to that lead and led by as much as 10 at 13-3, but Omaha Gross rallied to within five at 15-10, forcing a timeout.
Beatrrice scored three points out of the timeout to make it 18-10. The Lady O would be able to keep a safe lead and Allen had four kills down the stretch to finish the second set off 25-17.
The third set didn't start off well for Beatrice. They fell behind 6-0, but they battled back to eventually tie it 9-9.
The two teams battled back and forth to a 15-15 tie until Beatrice rattled off four straight points to make it 19-15. Beatrice looked to be in control, but the late rally by Omaha Gross set up the dramatic end to the third set.
Allen led the way for the Lady O with 15 kills while Burroughs had 14 kills. Avery Gaertig, Chelsea Leners and Kaitlyn Church had three kills each while Hatcliff had two kills and Sadie Glynn had one kill. Jaiden Coudeyras had 36 assists.
Beatrice had a total of 19 ace serves in the match. Hatcliff had five aces while Church and Burroughs had four aces each. Glynn had three aces, Coudeyras had two aces and Allen had one ace.
Burroughs was in on five blocks while Coudeyras was in on two blocks. Gaertig, Leners and Allen were in on a block each. Hatcliff had 34 digs for the Lady O while Allen had 19 digs, Tavin Harms and Coudeyras had 16 digs each and Burroughs had 12 digs.
Thursday night was tabbed "Pink Out" night for cancer research. The team as well as the crowd was decked out in pink clothing and items were raffled off all night. This year's fundraising proceeds went towards Randy Diller, a Beatrice faculty member who is currently battling cancer.
The Lady O volleyball team is now 11-11 on the season and will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to Ralston.