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HNA Cougars claw out win against depleted BHS squad

Rowan Atherley reacts with joy after the Spartans launch a comeback against the Cougars in Metro League Volleyball action earlier this week. At top left, Hannah Wagner rises to block a return by Holy Names.    - Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review
Rowan Atherley reacts with joy after the Spartans launch a comeback against the Cougars in Metro League Volleyball action earlier this week. At top left, Hannah Wagner rises to block a return by Holy Names.
— image credit: Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review

Holy Names Academy bounced back from a first game loss to beat Bainbridge 23-25, 25-14, 25-8 and 25-20 in girls volleyball.

The Spartans continue to make adjustments since last week’s loss of Emma Burgess, who has been out with a pre-game concussion suffered before the Metro League matchup against Seattle Prep.

The Spartans started a three-game skid in the Metro with the loss against Prep Oct. 8.

The Panthers won 3-1, and BHS followed with 3-1 losses against Bishop Blanchet and Holy Names.

Returning home Tuesday, Oct. 15, Bainbridge started strong against Holy Names with a first-set win, a crowd-pleasing thriller where the game was tied six times after the score knotted at 16-all.

But it was only one game, and with the Spartans’ go-to libero out, stringing together three wins for a takeaway victory has been tough.

“Emma is still out with a concussion so we have been playing with our line-up, serve receive rotations and defensive positions,” said Spartan Coach Julie Miller. “I’d say we are a work in progress right now.”

The team is hoping to have Burgess back for Senior Night on Oct. 24.

Lauren Sheehan led the Spartans by 10 kills against the Cougars.

Hannah Wagner contributed seven kills and three aces for Bainbridge, and Rowan Atherley added 15 assists.

 

 

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