(Muncie)- In a battle between two top four teams in 3A, No. 4 Bellmont swept defending champion and top-ranked Brebeuf Jesuit 25-23, 25-14, 27-25 to take the 3A state crown.
It marked the second state championship for Bellmont and head coach Craig Krull, who defeated Mishawaka Marian in the final match of 2007.
A closely contested opening set saw 12 ties and four lead changes. With the score knotted at 23, consecutive kills by juniors Steph Shoup and Alex Fuelling clinched the first set for the Squaws.
Bellmont utilized a steady attack to pace the early stages of the second set before winning seven of eight points, taking a 20-11 advantage. Two aces by Fuelling capped off a 25-14 set for Bellmont.
In what would be the final set, the two teams traded leads nine times and shared 16 ties. Bellmont rode the performance of senior Madison Schlutz, who tallied eight of her 12 total kills in the third. After squandering match point on a service error, the Squaws regained control, winning the final two points to secure the sweep.
Fuelling led the Squaws with 16 kills and .343 hitting percentage. Fellow senior Chelsea Colclasure collected a game-high 19 digs.
Jeme Obeime’s 13 kills were a team-high for Brebeuf, while junior Kristin Hullett and senior Sloane White both added nine. Junior Natalie Wichern came up with 13 digs.
Krull’s squad finished the season at 35-4. Brebeuf, led by head coach Brian Murray, closed out their season with a mark of 31-3.
JEME OBEIME OF BREBEUF JESUIT WINS MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
Jeme Obeime of Brebeuf Jesuit High School was named winner of the 2010 Mental Attitude Award for 3A Volleyball by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.
The award is presented annually to a senior in each classification who demonstrates excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
Obeime is a member of the Student Council, Students Together Against Poverty, and has served as a tutor at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center. She also was part of a mission trip to Nigeria with the Mercy Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Jeme’s mother.
Obeime was selected as team captain and was an integral part of the Braves’ 2009 state championship team and this year’s runner-up team.
Next year, Obeime will attend Duke University to major in Pre-Med.
She is the daughter of Chris and Mercy Obeime of Carmel.
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