GPS Rally Tops Notre Dame In Volleyball

Bruisers Start Slow, Finish Strong In 3-2 Victory

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - by Special to the

Olivia Berger saved the day for the GPS Bruisers Tuesday afternoon.

Playing one of her best volleyball matches ever for the Bruisers, she recorded 24 kills and 15 digs as GPS rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame's Jim Phifer Gymnasium.

Notre Dame won the first two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-23 and appeared ready to win the match, but the Bruisers had other ideas.

They got even with 25-21 and 25-13 wins in the third and fourth sets before winning the clincher by a 15-6 final.

"Olivia Berger did a super job on the front and back row tonight," said GPS coach Paul Brock after his team's first win of the season.

"Kelby Crownover, Caroline Vance, Mackenzie Hobbs and Haley Richardson passed super, which allowed our young setters Gabby Hughes and Jenna Simpson to settle down and run our offense.

"Katie Brandao, Allyce Buniak and eighth-grader Helen Johnston kept improving their play as the match progressed to slow down Notre Dame's attack.

"Notre Dame has a good team and will beat a lot of folks this year.  Serving was a key for us beating a more experienced team tonight," Brock added.

While Berger was one of the heroes for GPS, Crownover finished with 18 digs while Hughes had 16 assists and Simpson 10.

Both teams will be in action again on Wednesday with Notre Dame hosting Sequatchie County and GPS traveling to Signal Mountain.

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