The Bemidji High volleyball team rallied from behind Tuesday night to trim Hibbing 3-2 at the High School field house and keep its three year home win string unblemished.
The two northern Minnesota powers gave a good turnout a fine display of volleyball with the momentum swaying back and forth from start to finish.Bemidji finally prevailed 25-27, 25-12, 17-25, 25-20, 15-9.
It lifted Teresa Colligan's forces to 12-2 on the year. They head to Grand Rapids Thursday and play in the Virginia Invitational Saturday.
Hibbing unveiled a jump server in senior Kate Lange who baffled Bemidji all night, reminding spectators of Courtney Bitter.
But the home team was able to work around her power serves and hold off the Bluejackets at the end.
No lead was ever safe.
Bemidji held an early 6-2 advantag4 in Game 1 before Lange served for seven straight points, five of them aces, to send Hibbing ahead by three.
Bemidji countered with four behind Brooke Homer and eventually worked into a 20-14 lead.
But Taylor Varichak served for five straight to bring Hibbing within one only to find the home team run the next five behind Erika Weimann and take a 24-19 lead into what seemed to be a sure win. It wasn't. Lange returned for her second service and mixed three more aces in a string of six as Hibbing moved ahead 25-24.
Kelsey Heisler's spike tied the score before Hibbing got the final two points of the set to win.
Bemidji hurt its chances with four service faults to Hibbing's one. Kayla Hirt had four kills and Jess Yost and Courtney Homer two with Courtney Homer and Weimann having two aces and Megan Wannebo one. Bemidji held a 15-14 edge in earned points.
The second game found Bemidji dominating a run of strings. It opened with six behind Heisler, yielded six straight to Hibbing, then scored seven straight with Courtney Homer serving to take a 24-16 lead and closed with a string of 10 behind Brooke Homer to widen a 15-12 lead to its final 13 points.
Each team had one service fault. Brooke Homer had three aces and Courtney two with Heisler getting one.
Hirt had two of then four kills as Bemidji held a 9-3 lead in earned points.
Game 3 was the opposite of Game 2 as Hibbing steadily widened a 6-5 lead through the middle section with short spurts, then ran four straight late in the game to go ahead 22-12 and hold off a late Bemidji comeback for its 25-17 decision.
It held a wide 18-9 lead in earned points, the worst difference in any Bemidji game this year. Yost had three kills and Hirt and Heisler two. Brooke Homer had the only ace and Hibbing the lone service fault.,
With defeat in the offing, Bemidji struck back immediately to take a 6-0 lead in Game 4 and expand it to 11-3 with Ab by Hendricks serving the first string and Brooke Homer the second.
At 18-11 the win seemed assured but Gail Nuchech's forces ran four straight t0 trail by three. But Brooke Homer went back to the service line for a string of four to establish some breathing room and Bemidji closed out the game on a Hib big faulty serve.
The Jackets had two of the three service faults. Courtney Homer had the only Bemidji ace.
Hirt had five kills and Yost and Heisler two as Bemidji held a 12-11 edge in earned points.
Bemidji came out firing in the final game behind Courtney Homer to take a 6-2 lead, built it to 8-4 and 11-5 and finally ran three to lead 14-7.
Hibbing stopped the attack briefly scoring the next two points only to have Hibbing end on a faulty serve once again.
Each team had six earned points with Hirt and Brooke Homer and Heisler having two for Bemidji. Hibbing had two of the three bad serves. Bemidji had no aces.
The JV won prolonged game 25-20, 22-25, 15-10 for its seventh win while the B Team won its eighth 25-12, 25-7 to reach 8-1. There was no freshman game.