B-E bounces back to beat Ashby
After a slow start, the Brandon-Evansville volleyball team rebounded to pick up a 3-1 conference victory over Ashby at home Thursday and improved to 5-1 in Little Eight conference play this season.
The Arrows jumped out in the match after winning the first set 25-13, but the Chargers settled down to win the next three 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23 for the victory.
The Chargers came out with a different lineup to start the match, with Kylee Hanson starting as the setter. Head coach Kelly Olson said they decided to switch the lineup in the beginning of the match to build momentum.
“We had a little different lineup to start off,” he said. “We were trying something different, trying to gather some energy. I think we did that with the first set, even though we did lose it, they came out with more focus and it was nice to see.”
In the past few matches, Olson said the Chargers had been lacking energy on the court. But he saw more enthusiasm Thursday night, and hopes they continue that through the rest of the season.
“We needed to get some energy out there, the girls are kind of stagnant,” Olson said. “I hope they turned the corner tonight and we can keep building on this.”
The players were happy to pick up another conference win on the season. Caroline Jansen, who picked up a team-high 21 kills in the match, agreed the Chargers played with more intensity in the match after the first set.
“I think we had more energy and we were working together as a team better,” Jansen said. “As a whole, everything was just better.”
Kinsley Randt, who led the Chargers with 30 assists, said she was determined to help the Chargers get back on track after losing the first set.
“I just had to go out there and do what I could do and help out our team as best I could,” Randt said. “Be a leader on the court, and just help them out.”
The win helped the Chargers keep pace with Battle Lake for first place in the conference. Both have a 5-1 record against Little Eight opponents, and they will meet in a home game in Evansville on October 10.
The Chargers’ offense was led by Jansen, who had 21 kills in the match. Emma Friedrich had 12 kills, and she was also credited with two blocks.
Mariah Hansen and Megan Kokett led the Chargers’ defense with 15 digs each.
Thursday’s match was also dedicated to Brandon-Evansville seventh grader Jordan Nohre, who was diagnosed last spring with an aggressive form of leukemia.
Nohre was announced as an honorary part of the Chargers’ lineup before the match, and fundraising events were held throughout the night. Members of the Ashby volleyball team gave Nohre orange balloons, the color players and fans were sporting to show support for Nohre.
The fundraiser helped raise more than $2,600 for Nohre and her family. Olson said the team was pleased with the number of people who attended the match and showed their support.
“Our program is based most of the time on doing things for others, so we decided as a team that this would be a great thing for us to do,” Olson said. “It kind of snowballed. We didn’t expect this many people. We really didn’t expect to raise $2,500 plus.”
Olson also showed his appreciation for Ashby after they showed support for Nohre and the fundraiser.
“Ashby came over here and supported Jordan,” Olson said. “I know she’s not part of their community. It’s always nice to win, but tonight I think it was more than just getting a win, it was a neighboring town helping us out, too.”
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 3, ASHBY 1
(13-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-23)
B-E- Mariah Hansen – 3 kills, 1 ace, 15 digs; Kinsley Randt – 3 kills, 30 assists, 1 ace, 12 digs; Caroline Jansen – 21 kills, 1 dig; Emma Friedrich – 12 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, 13 digs, 2 blocks; Toni Wright – 3 assists, 2 digs; Diane Campbell – 5 kills, 4 digs; Megan Kokett – 1 assist, 15 digs; Kylee Hansen – 4 assists, 3 aces, 9 digs