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Beulah rattles Raiders: Schramm supplies 14 kills as Miners handle Richardton-Taylor in 3 sets

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Beulah junior outside hitter Nicole Schramm, right, goes up for a block against Richardton-Taylor's Ashley Gullickson during a Region 7 volleyball match on Tuesday at Richardton High School gymnasium.

RICHARDTON -- Beulah junior outside hitter Nicole Schramm is playing in her third full week after dealing with a knee injury.

Though she might not be 100 percent , Schramm didn't have any trouble against Richardton-Taylor on Tuesday.

"It's a lot better being out there than sitting on the bench," she said. "I'm still kind of getting in the groove of things. To finally get my timing down and be quick again is great. It's kind of frustrating, but I'm getting it back slowly."

Beulah used Schramm's team-high 14 kills and eight digs to take a 25-21, 25-10, 25-20 sweep over the Raiders during a Region 7 match.

"We just had some smiles on our faces and we just let the game come to us a little bit," Beulah head coach Kevin Peterson said. "We've been in a funk a little bit lately and it hasn't been because of effort. We've kind of careless with the ball at times. (On Monday) we had a really good day of practice working on communication."

The Miners and Raiders battled back throughout the first 19 points, but Beulah surged to an 18-10 lead after a Delaney Johansen kill. The junior outside hitter finished with nine kills.

However, the Raiders didn't go away quietly and battled back to trail 19-15 when Samantha Steiner ripped one of her four kills. Beulah continued to gain the upper hand capitalizing on a kill error and net violation for the team's final two points.

The Raiders finished off the first set strong and head coach Kayla Zent wanted the team carry the momentum into the second set.

"We ended the first set playing really well," Zent said. "I told them to go out and do that again. We needed to come out strong and not cold, which we unfortunately did not do."

She was right. The Raiders didn't come out with the momentum and Beulah rattled off a 10-1 run to open the set.

The Miners didn't have any problem limiting the Raiders' chances in the second set and rolled to an easy win with Jaime Murschel rocketing down the final kill. Murschel, who has been battling illness, finished with eight kills and eight digs. Though Murschel wasn't quite her dominate self, Peterson was pleased to see the other players pick up key points.

"She's been sick for a while, so she's playing through some illness and doing what she can for her teammates, but she was reading the court and gutting through some stuff," Peterson said. "She's just a total team player.

"Nicole is still trying to get into match shape and trusting that knee of hers, but when she going with the flow things look really good. Delaney's ability to just stay confident in herself is huge. Tonight, we didn't see her getting upset with herself, she just kept moving forward."

Beulah and Richardton-Taylor battled for the third and final set. The Miners hit a few bumps in the road, but came away with the sweep. Schramm finished the match off with the final kill.

Schramm, who isn't afraid to be a cheerleader on the sidelines, said it was nice to see the final kill hit the floor.

"It's a lot better being fluent out there, being able to move out and go all around the court instead of stopping and going" she said. "I felt a lot better this game."

The Miners' key cog is senior setter Lakin Kessler, who supplied 32 assists, seven digs and two kills. Courtney Mitchell and Cassidy Schutt each posted four kills.

For the Raiders, Shayna Frederick had a team-high nine kills, while Haley Butterfield and Ashley Gullickson each had four. Hannah Rummel dished out 21 assists and Brooklyn Miller had 19 digs.

Zent hopes this game was a learning experience for the rest of the season. The Raiders are 12-8 overall and 5-1 in Region 7. The Miners are 16-11 overall and 3-3 in Region 7.

"I hope this is a good learning experience for the girls," Zent said. "This kind of put things in perspective and lets us know we still have a lot of work to do."

Beulah 25 25 25 -- 3

RT 21 10 20 -- 0

Kills: B, Nicole Schramm 14, Delaney Johansen 9, Jaime Murschel 8, Cassidy Schutt 4, Courtney Mitchell 4, Lakin Kessler 2. RT, Shayna Frederick 9, Haley Butterfield 4, Ashley Gullickson 4, Samantha Steiner 4.

Blocks: RT, Gullickson 1.

Aces: B, Nessa Iverson 2, Kessler 1, Schutt 1. RT, Rummel 3, Gullickson 1.

Digs: B, Schramm 8, Murschel 8, Johansen 7, Kessler 7, Iverson 5. RT, Brooklyn Miller 19, Steiner 13, Butterfield 9.

Assists: B, Kessler 32. RT, Rummel 21.