On a night when Blinn Buccaneer volleyball coach Erin Mellinger opted to play more members of her bench, Reeve and Castanon-Hill stepped more into leadership roles and helped lead the Buccaneers to a three-set win over Lee College Friday night at the Blinn P.E. Building, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21.
“Rebecca and Kariana were great for us tonight,” Mellinger said. “They put up really good numbers and led us.”
The win sets up a battle of NJCAA best Tuesday night at the Blinn P.E. Building as the second-ranked Buccaneers (26-2, 8-1) go head-to-head with the No. 1-ranked Tyler Lady Apaches at 6 p.m.
Friday night’s game was the perfect tune-up for the Bucs. The Lady Rebels often found sparks of life on offense that never allowed Blinn to get comfortable in its leads, especially late in the third set. With Blinn leading 17-9, Lee sparked a rally and cut the Bucs’ lead to 21-19 before Mellinger opted for a timeout.
The Bucs then turned to Castanon-Hill on offense to help put an end to the match before Lee could complete a rally.
Castanon-Hill got a kill to make it 22-19, then following an Evely Macedo kill and a Lee hitting error, she blasted her ninth kill of the match to bring it to an end.
“Trinity was huge for us defensively,” Mellinger said.
In the middle part of the first set, Reeve helped the Bucs build their lead after Lee pulled it to an 18-16 set. Reeve knocked down three kills and Blinn benefitted from four Lee miscues to take the set 25-18.
When asked about her performance, Reeve said, “there was just something about being on the floor tonight.”
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(Story & photos Courtesy: Matt Kaiser, Blinn Information)