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Wins against North Platte St. Pat's at the McGahan Activities Center have come few and far between for opponents.

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But on Thursday, Brady made it look easy by sweeping the Lady Irish 25-20, 25-14, 25-9.

"We just put everything together," said Brady coach Lynne Johnson. "It's what we've been looking for. Everyone was clicking and on the same page."

St. Pat's (12-5) came out and took an 8-3 lead in the first set. But after Brittany Lawrence served the ball out of bounds, Brady (16-3) scored the next six points with libero Carissa Rayburn serving to take a 10-8 lead.

That run by Rayburn was a sign of what was to come. The Eagles took the lead for good at 11-10 after Madison Elliott made a kill.

Elliott then went back to serve and the 5-foot-8 senior scored the next three as Brady expanded its lead to four points.

The Irish came within 19-18. But they couldn't tie or take the lead and the Lady Eagles took the first set.

In the second set, Brady jumped out to an 11-5 lead after a Sydney Widick ace that followed a kill by Josie Palmer.

From there, the Eagles never looked back and they claimed the second set, appearing well on their way to a sweep.

Brady finished off the Lady Irish after a 14-point run by Alexis Mann in the third set that ended with a match point for the Lady Eagles at 24-6.

St. Pat's scored the next three points after Mann's run. But the Lady Eagles scored the point they needed to end the match.

"Alexis was struggling with her setting and she was frustrated with herself," Johnson said. "But she just picked up her serving and she put all of her energy into it."

With the exception of the opening plays of the game, Brady largely dominated the match. Even in rotations where the 6-foot-3 Lawrence was playing in the front row, the Eagles held their own.

Johnson said that Brady's two middle blockers, 6-1 freshman Tara Callahan and 6-0 junior Palmer, weren't intimidated by the future Creighton Bluejay.

"We have two big middles and they have gone against players like (Lawrence) before, so they knew what they had to do," Johnson said. "I am proud of our middles, and our whole team, actually."

St. Pat's coach Shelly Byrn said that her team just couldn't match the Lady Eagles' level of play.

"Brady is a very balanced team and I felt this would be a good test for us," Byrn said. "It's not where I wanted us to be and it's clear we've got a lot to work on. We came out strong but we just fizzled out after that. Maybe that's because we're such a young team. But no excuses. We're not going to dwell on this and we're moving forward."


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/10/2013
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