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NHIAA Volleyball: Bedford posts sweep of Alvirne

Special to the Union Leader

October 16. 2017 10:15PM

Bedford's Kendra Barnard, facing, left, and Maggie McCool go up to block to the shot of Alvirne's Elizabeth DeRosa during their match at Bedford High School Monday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

BEDFORD — It takes a special type of confidence, as a team, to be singing in unison in the middle of the match but the Bedford volleyball team was dialed in Monday night.

The Bulldogs trailed for only two points the whole night as they rolled past Alvirne 3-0 (25-8, 25-20, 25-15) to improve to 9-7.

“We specifically target how we’re going to beat certain teams,” Bedford coach Anna McGann said. “With (Alvirne), we knew they had strong defense so we had to be really strong with our serves. The girls have been working really hard in the gym. We’re just chipping away.”

The Bulldogs surrendered the first point of opening game but then rattled off 11 in a row and never looked back. Bedford got great games from its hitters. Senior captain Sophie Guerra swung well from the outside and juniors Ramou Taal and Abigail Rutherford did damage from the middle of the court.

Jordan Starace was an anchor all game in the interior, both offensively and defensively, from the setter position.

“I think they were swinging good,” McGann said. “Everything is based off the pass for us so when we have strong defense, like we did tonight, we can get a good set and good swings.”

The Bulldogs were also aided by many unforced errors by the Broncos. Especially in the second game, whenever it seemed like the Broncos were about to make a comeback, they would let a ball sail wide or spike one into the net.

Alvirne (5-11) led for a single point in the third game, 6-5, but immediately surrendered the next five points and never got the game back within three points.

“We were just communicating very well,” Guerra said. “We were calling for everything and working as a team for everything. I think for the most part we were really good. Some missed balls, but overall we got them in so I think it was a good game.”

The game was a major fund-raiser for the Bulldogs as it was their annual Dig Pink game. Bedford wore special pink uniforms and all the money raised went to breast cancer research.

The Bulldogs raised nearly $2,000 alone Monday for the cause.