BELLBROOK — Bellbrook was able to rebound from its first loss in more than a month with a four set victory over Beavercreek at home Monday.
Wearing down and frustrating Beavercreek during the final set, Bellbrook won 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 to complete it non-league portion of the regular season schedule.
The Golden Eagles went unbeaten in all 12 of its September matches and had a 13-match win streak overall before losing in five sets at Fairmont on Saturday.
The two October non-league contests were seen as a good litmus test by head coach Lynzee Allen against fellow Division I opponents ahead of the upcoming postseason tournament.
“We were pumped and ready to go on Saturday,” she said. “We had won the first two sets and then it was just a slow downhill and I watched the game and still couldn’t see what made that happen. Fairmont didn’t give up and they’re scrappy because of their great coach.”
Bellbrook won the first set handily on Monday but fell behind by five points at 20-15 in the second before nearly staging a comeback. Bellbrook fought off four set points and served to tie the score but Beavercreek was able to recover and even the match.
Roles were reversed in the third set with Bellbrook needing to stave off a Beavercreek late rally. The Golden Eagles quickly jumped out in front in the final set though and eventually won nine straight points starting with a 13-7 advantage to pull away as miscommunication issues and frustration set in for Beavercreek.
Sam Pavlak had 11 kills to go with four blocks for Bellbrook. Alanna Vavao and McKenna Melton led the way with 12 kills and six aces, respectively. Sydney Burchfield produced 12 digs.
Bellbrook now heads back into SWBL play with four matches remaining in the season. They’ll learn their postseason tournament draw to begin sectional play on Sunday.
“Matches like Saturday and athis today makes me excited for the tournament,” Allen said. “These are the kind of teams we’re going to be playing.”