Bellevue was swept in its NAIA tournament opening-round match last season, keeping it from advancing to the championship's final site in Sioux City.

The Bruins made sure that didn't happen again Saturday as it turned back a solid Lincoln College (Ill.) squad 25-23, 25-22, 25-16.

"We remembered how that felt. We didn't want to feel that again," Bellevue setter Olivia Galas said. "We knew this was it, we didn't want this to be the last time we played together this year."

Bellevue trailed by at least four points in all three sets, but the Bruins were able to outplay Lincoln to close out sets. The Bruins trailed 18-15 in the first set, then finished the second set on a 4-2 run.

"Our passing wasn't great, but our ball control and defense outlasted them," Bellevue coach Trish Siedlik said.

Siedlik also likes her team's depth and that showed up Saturday as seven Bruins had at least five kills. Sierra Athen led the way with 11 kills and 18 digs, while Paige Holdsworth added 10 kills. Galas, an Omaha Gross graduate who was named the North Star conference player of the year, had a double-double with 38 assists and 11 digs.

"We really kicked it into gear," Galas said of Bellevue's play late in sets. "We put our foot on the gas pedal and went."

Bellevue advances to the national site in Sioux City, with pool play beginning Dec. 3.

College of St. Mary sweeps Lincoln Christian

The College of St. Mary advanced to the NAIA volleyball championship site by rolling past Lincoln Christian University, 25-14, 25-12, 25-19 on Saturday night.

The 20th-ranked Flames (25-14) were dominant at the net as they outhit Lincoln Christian .367-.082.

Amber Anderson led St. Mary with 13 kills, while Makenna Freeman added 10 kills and hit .526. Natalie Patten added a double-double with 18 assists and 10 digs.

The Flames return to action Dec. 3 in Sioux City for the pool-play portion of the tournament.

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