Van Buren volleyball coach Stephanie Hill was determined to flip the momentum in Thursday’s 7A/6A-West match against Rogers. She found what she was looking for in the form of 5-foot-4 junior outside hitter Addy Hall.
Hall gave the Lady Pointers a lift as Van Buren rallied past Rogers, 23-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-13.
"We made a few changes after the second game," Hill said. "We had a couple of kids come off the bench and have a little spark about them. Addy Hall had a little spunk about her and Laura Megan Humphreys came out and did her job."
Van Buren (7-9, 2-7) appeared dead in its tracks after losing the first two games, then trailing for much of the third game.
But the Lady Pointers got a break when Rogers’ Annelise Adrian whiffed on Hannah Lloyd’s set. Instead of tying the game at 24-24, Van Buren took advantage of the break and never looked back.
"The first two, we seemed to be working together as a team," Rogers coach Jenna Breedlove said. "Then we went back out there in the third set and we were quiet, we weren’t moving, and our feet were kind of glued to the ground. We didn’t get anything going after that."
Rogers (7-13-1, 2-7) hurt itself in its last three games with numerous service errors and poor hitting.
After taking the fourth game, Van Buren started quickly in the fifth game. Kills by Chloe Bauman and Hall put the Lady Pointers ahead 6-2. Kills by Hall and Emilee Aaron then helped extend the Lady Pointers’ lead to 12-7.
An ace by Rogers’ Lloyd sliced the lead to 12-10, but a crucial net violation — which negated a kill by the Mounties’ Samantha Lassiter — extended Van Buren’s lead to 13-10.
Shannon Orlopp led Rogers with 10 kills.
Bauman had 18 kills to pace the Lady Pointers, with Aaron contributing 14.