Bellarmine Prep star Courtney Schwan had 24 kills to help the Lions to a 25-12, 25-13, 25-15 win over Rogers of Puyallup in their 4A state volleyball opener on Friday afternoon at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.
Schwan helped the Lions set the tone early, collecting five early kills in the first set to race out to a 12-4 lead. With Schwan serving, the lead grew to 17-4 on a kill by Claire Martin. The Rams clawed back to within 20-11, but Schwan closed out the first set with four kills in the final six points.
It was much of the same in the second set, as the Lions trailed 1-0 before Reghan Pukis answered with a kill and an ace to give Bellarmine the lead for good. The Lions launched a 17-5 run, capped by a kill from freshman McKenzie Schwan, to put the game away.
Rogers played tough early in the final set, taking an 11-9 lead on a kill by senior outside hitter Brylie Barnette. But Schwan keyed an 8-0 run for the Lions with three kills, and Pukis added two aces during the spurt. Schwan later had five kills in the span of six points, and teamed with Martin to end the match with a block.
The Lions advanced to the quarterfinals to face Snohomish on Friday night at 6:45 p.m. Should they win they will play the winner between Emerald Ridge and Camas on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the semifinals. If they lose they would play on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. against the Emerald Ridge/Camas loser.