Girls’ volleyball: BEA moves into district semis

In four sets, No. 5 Bald Eagle Area soared to an upset win over No. 4 Somerset.

Bald Eagle Area started strong and ultimately won 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23 in a District 6 Class AA quarterfinal matchup Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles take on top-seeded Huntingdon, which beat Forest Hills, in the semifinals Thursday at a site and time to be determined.

After winning the first sequence in the first set, the Lady Eagles kept the lead and never gave it up. Somerset finally got a wake-up call late in the game after taking two timeouts, but it was too late and BEA cruised to a 25-20 win.

The second set belonged to libero Regan Dyke. She was constantly diving to the ground and saving each spike Somerset dared to send her way. BEA was down three to four points most of the set before tying Somerset 14-14 and taking the lead. Dyke then continued her dominance by serving several times in a row and picked up most of her five aces. It was an easy 25-17 win for the Lady Eagles.

The third set was a pattern of self-destruction for BEA.

There were plenty of service and communication errors. The Lady Eagles were stuck with a four-point deficit that they just couldn’t get past. Tylor Yarrison and Jessica Bressler made some big plays that kept the team competitive. Bressler finished with nine kills, 27 assists and two aces. Somerset was stuck on 24 points as BEA rallied and recorded four points in a row before a service error gave Somerset the win.

Somerset came out strong in the fourth game after winning a long volley for the first point.

Somerset took a 7-3 lead before BEA took a timeout that changed the outlook on the rest of the game.

The Lady Eagles rallied and had Somerset tied 12-12 forcing them to take a timeout. The game was tied at both the 18-18 mark and the 23-23 mark. Bald Eagle Area finally got their game winning lead after a scorching spike from Yarrison.

This was the redemption win Bressler had been looking for since freshman year when the Lady Eagles lost at this same spot in the tournament, in the same gym. She was in awe of her teammates, the support of the fans and can’t wait for Thursday’s match.

Velanna Skripek felt a lot of the same emotions. The work that it took for them to accomplish this feat was something no one on that team will never forget.

Bald Eagle Area’s victory was special, but the Lady Eagles are looking to continue their run through districts.