Mariah Allen’s dozen kills lead Beatrice to sweep over Fairbury

BEATRICE, NE – It had been 11 years since Fairbury had even won a set over Beatrice in volleyball.

The Jeffs (7-7) led 20-16 in set one and could taste history, but the Lady Orange (7-5) came back to win set one 25-23, dominate set two 25-14 and hold on in set three 25-20.

Beatrice has now swept Fairbury in every meeting since 2008.

The win was Beatrice’s third straight, while Fairbury was handed a second straight loss after being swept by No. 2 Superior at home on Tuesday.

Junior outside hitter Mariah Allen had a match-high 12 kills along with a service ace.

Beatrice also benefited from ten service errors by the Jeffs. The Orange had only five.

“Our serving was really good,” Allen said. “The first set, each server missed one (serve). From there, we were all getting ace serves.”

Beatrice had seven aces total from five different players. Junior defensive specialist Ava Lovitt had three straight aces in the first set.

Lovitt also had a block and four kills.

Fairbury was led offensively by junior middle blocker Sara Huss, who finished with ten kills. She also had four service errors. Senior outside hitter Mikasa Lierman had eight kills, while senior middle Jessa Eden had six kills and three blocks.

Beatrice stays home next Thursday to face Seward and York in a triangular. Fairbury is home next Tuesday to Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer.

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