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Brown-Bell helps Wolves close out North Kitsap | Volleyball
She had seen enough.
And South Kitsap senior outside hitter Toni Brown-Bell responded when she took over the third game to help the Wolves to their first sweep of the season, 25-23, 25-19, 29-27, Tuesday night against North Kitsap in a nonleague volleyball match.
“She was all over the place in the third game,” South coach Jessica Olsen said.
Brown-Bell helped the Wolves (5-4) rally from a 23-20 deficit to tie the match, 26-all, with a kill and later gave them a 28-27 lead on an ace.
“I felt like we needed to step up, so I kind of took it on,” Brown-Bell said.
While effusive in her praise of Brown-Bell, who had 15 kills, 7 digs and five aces, Olsen said others need to emerge for South to be successful during the second half of Class 4A Narrows League play. That resumed Thursday with a match against Stadium.
“We can’t just rely on one player to get the job done,” Olsen said.
The Wolves also had to battle back from deficits in each of the first two games. They trailed 23-22 before finishing with a 3-1 run that senior middle blocker Megan Murnane ended with an ace. South also trailed for much of the second game before closing out the Vikings with a 13-5 run.
The victory snapped a three-match losing streak for the Wolves, who had junior setter Mikaela Strutz (thumb) back for the first time since they lost in five games against defending state champion Olympia on Sept. 20. While Strutz was out, Brown-Bell moved to setter. Olsen said her return is significant as South heads back into league play.
The Wolves defeated Stadium to open league play Sept. 11, but lost at Central Kitsap 25-21, 25-13, 25-18, on Sept. 13. South hosts the Cougars at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“It is a biggie and there’s no school that day,” Olsen said. “When you don’t have [a significant crowd] it makes the job a little harder from that mental piece.”
After being swept during their first match, Brown-Bell said she and her teammates are motivated to play CK.
“We feel like we can be competitive with them,” she said. “They’re our rivals and we want to go out and win.”