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Mistakes Hurt Volleyball at the Battle of the Boulevard



Belmont players anticipating the serve, Braden Simmons/Belmont Vision

Whether it be a service error or mistiming a kill, Belmont volleyball’s costly mistakes led to the Bruins being swept by rival Lipscomb University Tuesday night.


The first set featured sloppy play from both the Bruins and the Bison.


For Belmont, it struggled to keep its kills in the court.


For Lipscomb, it struggled to get a serve over the net.


But Lipscomb was able to capitalize on the Bruins’ mistakes, taking the early lead.


Despite Belmont’s best effort to take the lead at 19-19, the Bison went on a 6-1 run to take the first set 25-20.


The Bruins seemed to find their groove in the second set, taking an early miniature lead.


But the tables turned when Lipscomb started finding its way with its kills.


Coupled with Belmont mistakes, such as mistiming jumps for kills or watching balls fall in the court for Lipscomb points, the Bison soon took a quick 17-7 lead.


Belmont won a couple points here and there, but a service error gave Lipscomb the 25-13 win.

In the third set, the team found new life, having a back-and-forth battle with the Bison.


There were occasional errors from Belmont, but the Bruins were also securing points off kills from seniors Laura Shoopman and Ally Peterson.


At one point, the Bruins came back to take a 21-20 lead after limiting the Bison’s offensive attack.


The Bison bounced back to complete the sweep with a 25-23 lead following a block on a kill from Shoopman.


The Bruins look to limit their mistakes this weekend at home when they start Missouri Valley Conference play versus Indiana State University and the University of Evansville.


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This article was written by Ty Wellemeyer

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