Lady O sweeps Ralston on “Pink Out” night

October 11, 2018

Beatrice took control early and never relinquished it against Ralston Tuesday during “Pink Out” night at the Ozone.

The Lady O swept Ralston in straight sets 25-14, 25-10, 25-8, improving their record to 13-8 on the season.

Beatrice interim head coach Melissa Carper said they went into the match with the attitude of expecting to get a win. They were able to do just that.

“We had a few goals set and we didn’t accomplish one goal, but we did accomplish the other goal,” Carper said. “But it was a good night to get everyone in and it was a good night to try a few new things. It was just a great opportunity for everybody to get better.”

Ralston hung tough with Beatrice early in the first set, but with the score 10-9, Beatrice rattled off six straight points to take a 16-9 lead and force a Ram timeout. Devyn Burroughs had four kills during that run and six kills in the set.

Ralston scored the next point out of the timeout, but another 3-0 run made it 19-10, allowing the Lady O to coast to the 25-14 first set victory.

Beatrice darted out to a 10-1 lead in the second set and never looked back on their way to an easy 25-10 win.

The third set was much the same with Beatrice motoring out to an early 8-1 lead. From there, they extended the lead to 16-3 and Ralston would only score five more points the rest of the way.

Ally Thavenet led the way for Beatrice with 16 kills while Burroughs had nine kills and McKenzie Osborne and Mariah Allen had eight kills each. Ava Lovitt, Hailey Schaaf and Jayden Baete all had one kille each.

Osborne had 25 assists while Lovitt had 11 assists. Thavenet had three ace serves, Osborne had two ace serves and Lovitt, Allen and Mak Hatcliff had an ace serve each.

Defensively, Burroughs had five total blocks while Lovitt, Thavenet and Hailey Schaaf had a block each. Hatcliff had 24 digs and Allen had 15 digs.

“Who leads us in kills has fluctuated throughout the season, which is great,” Carper said. “That makes it harder for teams to scout us because you don’t know who is going to do what. We have three hitters all the time across the front and that keeps other teams on edge.”

It was the annual “pink out” night at the Ozone, which is an event that helps raise cancer awareness as well as raise funds for selected local residents who are battling cancer. This year’s beneficiaries are Beatrice golf coach Dick Stuart and high school choir pianist Beth Engels.

“It was a great turnout tonight -- holy buckets,” Carper said. “Great fans, great band, great support and great raffles from people in the community. Our girls look forward to this all year and this year was another great success.

Last Thursday night, Beatrice swept Omaha Gross on the road 25-20, 25-14, 25-22.

Thavenet powered the offense with 20 kills while Allen had 14 kills, Burroughs had eight kills, Osborne had four kills and Schaaf and Baete had three kills each.

Osborne had 34 assists and Allen had three ace serves for the Lady O.

Defensively, Burroughs had five blocks while Thavenet had one block. Hatcliff had 24 digs, Osborne had 21 digs, Allen had 19 digs and Thavenet had 13 digs.

Prior to that match, Beatrice split two matches during a triangular with Hastings and Northwest. They beat Hastings in two sets 25-20, 25-22, but fell to Northwest in three sets 25-16, 23-25, 25-16.

Beatrice will be in action again next Thursday when they host Nebraska City.

“We’re doing some great things,” Carper said. “More people are getting touches and more people are getting experience, so we are building the depth on our bench and that is a great thing.”

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