PROVIDENCE HIGH — In the early part of the decade, Providence High was able to dominate the girls' volleyball rivalry with Bellarmine-Jefferson.
However, over the past few years the Guards have been able to increase their level of play and now it's the Pioneers who are playing the underdog role in the cross-town clash.
Despite the Pioneers winning the first game Tuesday, Bell-Jeff battled back to win the nonleague contest, 19-25, 25-16, 26-24 25-23, at Providence.
It was the fourth straight rivalry win for the Guards (1-3).
"It's always tough when we play against Providence," Bell-Jeff Coach Miguel Segura said. "It's a rivalry, so you know it's going to be an intense match. But I give a lot of credit to Providence; they were in there battling and they were able to make it close."
Providence (1-4) found itself in another tough contest after falling in five games last week to Holy Family. Pioneers Coach Josh Eggleston thought his squad played well enough to win Tuesday.