Patriots best Edgerton in four sets
John Rittenhouse
Hills-Beaver Creek senior Haley Van Wyhe spikes the ball in front of Edgerton’s Jessica Menning during Monday’s volleyball match in Hills. H-BC downed EHS 3-1.

The Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team turned a strong start into a victory when it entertained Edgerton for a non-conference match Monday in Hills.

H-BC coasted to an easy win in the opening set and held on to take the second set to gain a 2-0 lead.

The Flying Dutchmen forced a fourth set by taking the third set, but H-BC pulled out a three-point win in the finale to prevail 3-1.

“We came out smoking, then we let the momentum slip away with poor passing and serving,” said H-BC coach Mary Jo Graphenteen.

“We had to fight hard to win the fourth set. We came up with some key kills and key digs at crucial times.”

H-BC opened the match with an 8-0 run capped by an ace serve from Paige Leuthold hold in the first set.

EHS trimmed the difference to six points (10-4) moments later, but the Patriots countered with a 14-2 run ending with a service point from Hattie Van Wyhe that left H-BC sporting a 24-6 advantage.

The Patriots prevailed by 18 points (25-7) at set’s end.

H-BC scored the fist two points on the way to opening a four-point lead (13-9) when Van Wyhe registered an ace block in the second set.

Edgerton countered with a 9-3 surge to move in front 18-16.

The Patriots responded by putting together an 8-2 run ending with a service point from Haley Van Wyhe.

The run gave H-BC a 24-20 cushion and the Patriots won the set by four points (25-21).

The third set was tied at eight when Edgerton assumed control with a 9-0 run that gave the Flying Dutchmen a 17-8 lead.

H-BC countered with a 9-1 run and trailed by one (18-17) when Meghan Leuthold registered an ace block, but EHS thwarted the challenge with a 7-2 surge that gave the Flying Dutchmen a 25-19 victory.

The Patriots opened an 11-3 lead after Kelly Esselink delivered an ace serve in the fourth set.

H-BC led by five (17-12) when Edgerton fought back to trim the difference to one point at three different occasions.

Leading 22-21, H-BC scored three of the next four points to post a 25-22 victory when Meghan Leuthold recorded a match-ending ace tip.

Haley Leuthold (six kills and 14 of 15 serving with eight points) and Paige Leuthold (15 set assists and 21 of 2 serving with three aces and 16 points) led H-BC statistically.

Hattie Van Wyhe (13 digs), Meghan Leuthold (five kills) and Jessica Sandbulte (11 of 14 serving with six points) also helped lift the Patriots to victory.

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