BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — With seemingly every opportunity to close out Tuesday's nonleague girls' volleyball match with a speedy three-game sweep, Bellarmine-Jefferson High left enough of an opening to allow visiting St. Monica Academy to soar back for a 9-25, 13-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-10 victory.
"This shows that we don't give up," Crusaders outside hitter Caitlin Hall said. "We keep fighting until the end."
The play of Hall, the reigning International League Most Valuable Player, along with setter Kristen Gates, were the primary reasons why St. Monica — ranked No. 10 in CIF Southern Section Division V-A — muscled its way back to win against host Bell-Jeff — No. 2 in Division IV-A.
Bell-Jeff (2-2) was dominant from the start, building a 16-3 lead in the first game and 15-7 advantage in the second game. In fact, the Guards never trailed until the third game, when Gates served up a trio of aces to turn a 10-8 deficit to a 12-10 St. Monica lead.