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Purples Pull Away


Last modified: Friday, September 10, 2010 10:43 AM CDT

Purples pull away

By CHAD BISHOP, The Daily News, cbishop@bgdailynews.com/783-3241

The Bowling Green volleyball team used a 10-1 run late in the second set Thursday to put away visiting Warren East and win 2-0 (25-22, 25-13).

Holding a 10-8 lead in the second set, the Lady Purples (9-1, 1-1 District 12) used the offensive onslaught to break the spirit of East (6-6, 2-2 District 12).

“I think the first game we were all kind of lagging,” BG’s Erin Bardin said. “I don’t know if it was them falling behind and not trying to keep up with us, but I think it was more of we really picked it up and showed the team that we really are.”

Bardin led BG with eight kills and entered the zone with setter Emily Purpus during the 10-1 spurt. Four of her strikes came in the Purples’ final seven points, including match point.

“We got really excited,” she said. “We’ve been working a lot on quicker sets to the outside and so it was nice just to be able to finally use them in games. Our passes were great and me and (Purpus) really got into a rhythm together.”

Purpus had 12 assists to end a week that started with her being crowned homecoming queen at the school’s football game last Friday. Her set to Nina Wells for a tip to make it 11-8 started the rally.

Lajoyia Whitney added a kill on the next point off a Purpus set and two points later a Purpus ace made it 15-8. A Whitney kill a point later made it 16-9, a Bardin kill after another point made it 18-9 and back-to-back aces by Ann McCullough Wilkins ended the flurry to make it 20-9.

The Lady Raiders never recovered.

“I’ll tell you what, we just kind of got down on ourselves and without a doubt Bowling Green was the better team tonight and they came out with guns up,” said WEHS coach Brian Griffing, whose team has dropped three of its last four. “We just didn’t execute on the stuff we needed to do. All power to (BG) coach (Allyson) Barnett and her coaching staff, they were ready.”

East had just two leads all night, both coming at 1-0 in both sets.

The Raiders had their chances in the first as the set yo-yoed back and forth. Bowling Green led 5-1 before an East rally made it 6-5 after a BG service error. The Purples pulled away to make it 9-6 before WEHS came back at 9-8 on a BG return error.

Bowling Green built a 21-14 lead only to see East whittle it down to 24-22 and force BG to play two set points before a return error by East ended the set.

The Lady Raiders had 26 unforced errors on the night and after a long, post-match discussion, Griffing said he and his squad are keeping things in perspective.

“It’s going to be an awesome district tournament,” he said. “We’re going to have to compete, because obviously we might be going against each other as of right now the way the standings look.”

The two teams would meet in the first round of the district tournament if the season ended today.

Hillary Herrington had eight kills for East while Kelsey Simpson had 10 assists.

Both teams will compete in the Cougar Challenge at Logan County High School this weekend.

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