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Volleyball: LWC advances to Conference Semifinal

Bowling Green, KY - The Mid-South Conference volleyball tournament will see Lindsey Wilson in the semifinals for a 13th consecutive year as the Blue Raiders brushed off an early one-set hole to defeat Bethel (TN) 3-1 on Thursday afternoon at Bowling Green High School.

Lindsey Wilson will next meet Highway 55 rival Campbellsville University at 3pmCT on Friday afternoon, November 10, 2023, at Bowling Green High School in the Mid-South tournament semifinal. The winner of that match advances to the championship match at 3pmCT on Saturday.

Against Bethel, Elisa Burzio and Savanah Pippin both struck for double figures in kills and hit over .400 on the attack. At the same time, Luiza Goncalves dished out 39 assists along with three service aces and two blocks to help Lindsey Wilson outhit the Wildcats .255 to .181.

The Blue Raiders also held a strong edge at the net regarding blocking, rejecting a total of 10 times to Bethel's three.

Each of the four sets played out on Thursday came down to the wire, including the opener that ended up going just past the typical 25-point minimum.

Bethel began with the first three points of the day, only to see its early lead quickly slip away with a 5-2 Blue Raider run. From there the designated home team grabbed its first dose of momentum, sparked by a block from Lindamara Conceicao and Madison Bidwell, to eventually take a 15-10 lead. The Wildcats countered to draw level at 17-17, and after proceeding to trade scores, got the two-point edge necessary to win the first set, 26-24.

Lindsey Wilson got off to a strong start to open the second, scoring four straight from Bidwell, Pippin, and Ola Wyrzykowska. The advantage grew to as many as six points before Bethel slowly chipped away to pull within one. A late rally by the Blue Raiders kept the Wildcats behind, with a kill from Burzio sealing the set and tying the match at 1-1.

An important third frame was back-and-forth from the first serve, but eventually, kills from Burzio, Pippin, and Bidwell provided some breathing room for Lindsey Wilson and a 13-9 cushion. The Wildcats did not shy away, however, coming back to tie the score, again, and then take a 21-19 lead late. That is when Conceicao stepped in with back-to-back kills to knot things up and sent the Blue Raiders off on a set-clinching 6-1 run.

Another quality start by Lindsey Wilson in the fourth gave way to a 5-0 score. Even still, the Wildcats continued to fight and, despite trailing by six, muscled back to draw even at 17-17. A subsequent 6-2 stretch by the Blue Raiders put them in control to end the match, and they did to silence Bethel for good.

This story was posted on 2023-11-10 09:25:47
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