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Comeback gives B-E volleyball first victory of the season

Brandon-Evansville senior outside hitter Diane Campbell spikes the ball into the Wheaton-Herman-Norcross defense in the first set on Thursday evening. The Chargers dropped the first set 25-14 but ended up winning the match 3-1. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team rallied back from a one-set deficit to defeat Section 6A opponent Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 3-1 in a home match on Thursday evening.

The Warriors grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the match thanks to a 25-14 first set victory in what turned out to be a slow start for the Chargers.

Brandon-Evansville’s comeback began in the second set. At one point the Chargers trailed 15-18, but they turned that around to grab a 25-23 set victory and tie the match at 1-1.

From there, the Chargers would not drop another set. Head coach Kelly Olson said the key to the Chargers’ better play after the slow start was moving the ball better with the passing game and improved blocking at the net.

“We just needed out passing to come around a little bit and our transitions, sealing up the block,” Olson said. “They’ve got some good hitters; they are a really strong team.”

Both teams found themselves in a 23-23 tie in the third set before the Chargers picked up a 27-25 victory to take a 2-1 lead. The Warriors continued to give the Chargers a match in the fourth set, but Brandon-Evansville picked up a 25-23 victory to seal the match.

The Chargers players said an increase in the team’s enthusiasm also helped them improve their quality of play over the final three sets.

“We got our energy way up,” said Emma Friedrich.

“I think in the beginning we we’re usually nervous,” added Mariah Hansen. “After we get the nerves out we’re good to go.”

The victory improved Brandon-Evansville to 1-1 on the season. The Chargers open up Little Eight Conference play in their next match on Tuesday against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls.

MATCH RESULTS

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 3,

WHEATON-HERMAN-NORCROSS 1

(25-14, 25-23, 27-25, 25-23)

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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