Printed on: October 03, 2012

Bees sweep Knights

By Marlowe Hereford
mhereford@postregister.com

Exactly three weeks after sweeping its District 93 rival, Bonneville topped Hillcrest 25-23, 25-18, 25-13 on Tuesday at Hillcrest in a noticeably closer second Civil War match.

Bonneville built a 9-2 lead to start the first set before Hillcrest called its first timeout. Upon returning to the court, the Knights cut the Bees' lead to 15-10 and 18-14 before tying the set 23-23. Bonneville called its first timeout seconds later and eventually took the set 25-23.

"We knew Hillcrest would come out tougher on their own floor," Bonneville coach Chantal McMurtrey said. "I was happy with a great start. I was hoping (we) would not overlook Hillcrest."

That comeback was sparked by the contributions of Hillcrest senior Whitney Peterson, who finished with 11 digs and six kills for the evening.

"She did a great job fulfilling her responsibilities and taking care of the ball when she needed to," Hillcrest coach Kristi Neibaur said.

The comeback efforts continued as the Knights battled back from an 11-4 hole in the second set to come within four points before falling 25-18. Hillcrest trailed by no more than two early in the third set, but 10 of the last 13 points went to Bonneville to secure another sweep.

Haylie Keck's 10 kills led Bonneville (23-5). Libero Mackenzie Johnson had 21 digs for the Bees while Katee Bennion added four aces. Kylee Giles and Taeja Davis had seven kills each and Davis added three blocks.

Kaylee Cornelison led Hillcrest (22-14) with seven kills while Cassidy Cook had six kills and 11 digs. Setter Mikayla Kane added 22 assists and six digs for the Knights.

McMurtrey said Tuesday was not the first time this season that Keck, the lone freshman on varsity, has led Bonneville.

"We're trying to get her to be in the air jumping all the time," McMurtrey said. "She gets a lot of kills because she does a lot of things right."

Both Bonneville and Hillcrest resume conference play this week as the regular season winds down. Bonneville hosts two-time defending 4A state champion Century tonight, and Hillcrest travels to Idaho Falls on Thursday.