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BHS volleyball returns home to sweep East Grand Forks

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It's good to be home.

After spending the past two weeks on the road, the Bemidji High volleyball team moved to 20-5 with a 3-0 straight-set win over East Grand Forks Tuesday night.

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The set scores were 25-13, 29-27 and 25-7.

It's the third time in as many seasons they have reached the 20-win mark.

It wouldn't come easy though. After a 25-13 win in the opening set, the 6-13 Green Wave scored first to kick off the second, en route to a 5-1 lead. The Jacks countered with an 8-0 run featuring three kills and two aces, but let the lead slip away.

"We had a let down on defense," said head coach Teresa Colligan. "I think mostly it was our communication that was lacking."

Bemidji called a timeout after the Green Wave scored five-straight, but they notched two more to make it 22-17. East Grand Forks teetered on pushing the match all square up 24-21, but kills by Allie Heifort and Kelsey Heisler coupled with back-to-back aces by Jess Yost put the home team up one.

Courtney Homer closed out the victory with a soft tap over the net and set-winning Ace as the Jacks won 29-27.

Bemidji cruised in the final set winning 25-7.

"We dominated play in the final set," Colligan finished. "It was good to see the girls respond after coming from behind earlier."

After a 7-2 start the Jacks rattled off 10 straight wins, but dropped two of four at the Runestone Classic to settle at 19-5 entering the last full week of the season.

They look to match the school record for wins next Monday against Duluth Central and can break the record in the season finale when they host Lake of the Woods. A sweep won't be easy though, as the bears are currently ranked No. 8 in Class A.

Brooke Homer led the way for Bemidji with 40 set assists.  Heisler and Kayla Hirt finished with 12 kills each and Yost nine.

Courtney Homer had 17 digs and Erika Weimann 12.  Brooke Homer scored seven aces with Yost adding 3 more.

The JV team won 25-11, 25-10 and the B team capped off the three-match sweep 25-10, 25-15.

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