Bruins can’t stop Kewps

Friday, October 24, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:01 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

In their final game before the state volleyball tournament, Hickman’s success and Rock Bridge’s struggles continued Thursday.

The Kewpies defeated the Bruins 25-13, 25-12 at Hickman.

Rock Bridge coach Vicki Reimler said she did not think the Bruins could stop the Hickman (30-1) offense.

“I don’t know that there is a way to prepare for Hickman,” Reimler said. “They have so many weapons and they are so solid up and down.”

The Bruins led 1-0 in Game 2 after Danielle Newton committed a service error. The Kewpies then scored six straight. Brenna Schlader, who led the Kewpies with nine kills in the match, had two kills in the streak.

Schlader said that Hickman was ready for a big win entering the match after losing Saturday.

“Our passes were really good tonight,” Schlader said. “Dani (Newton) distributes the ball really well and we all were fired up tonight.”

Rock Bridge closed to 8-4 on an Amanda Hanson kill, before Hickman scored four straight to start a 12-4 streak.

Hickman coach Greg Gunn said the key to the Kewpies’ performance was good passing.

“Lindsey Fleming was awesome,” Gunn said. “She did a really good job of passing the ball tonight, everything was right at Dani. When that’s working, everything falls into place.”

Hickman began Game 1 with a 6-1 lead, leading to a Rock Bridge timeout. The Kewpies led 17-12 when Newton saved a Kewpies pass out of the net to assist on a Kendra Williams kill that began an 8-1 streak to finish the game. Hickman won when Hanson hit the antenna on an attack.

Paige Ely said that the Kewpies were not focused in the middle of the game.

“We just started to take it for granted,” Ely said. “Then we realized that we needed to focus, come back together and started taking over again.”

Schlader led a balanced Hickman attack. Smith had six kills and Ely, Naomi Tesfamikael and Williams had four.

“There were very few balls that were hit that didn’t go down,” Gunn said. “That means they’re hitting the ball well, they’re going around the blocks and they’re hitting the ball hard enough the defense can’t get it up.”

Hanson had four kills to lead Rock Bridge. Kadie Marler earned three.

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