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Volleyball: Chargers recover from Schiele injury and defeat Rothsay

Freshman Bailey Schaefer had 15 kills for Brandon-Evansville against Rothsay. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)1 / 2
Senior Allie Satterlie on the serve receive against Rothsay on Tuesday. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)2 / 2

After senior middle hitter Elizabeth Schiele went down with an injury early in the first set, the Brandon-Evansville Chargers volleyball team was shaken in their game against the Rothsay Tigers on Tuesday night.

The visiting Tigers quickly took the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-18 as the Chargers were reeling. It looked like it was going to be a swift Tiger victory but the Chargers had other plans, rallying to win in five sets.

"At first I was like, 'oh my gosh, this can't be happening right now,'" senior outside hitter Allie Satterlie said about seeing her teammate Schiele go down. Schiele fell under the net and had to be carried off the court.

Satterlie had five ace serves throughout the night and she lead the team with 22 kills, three blocks and 11 digs. Freshman outside hitter Bailey Schaefer had 15 kills, five aces and 12 digs for the Chargers. Senior outside hitter Emily Bukkila had 11 digs, 1 ace serve and she serve 100 percent.

The Chargers had lost their other starting middle hitter to an injury just a few weeks earlier.

But B-E came back in the third set and got an early lead. The Tigers fought to tie things up but the Chargers were able to close out a 25-18 win. The Chargers were on a roll in the fourth set and won, 25-15. The fifth set face off was an intense back and forth but the Chargers eliminated mistakes and took the win, 16-14.

"It was definitely a focus game tonight," B-E junior setter Madison Quinn said. Quinn had five aces, 50 assists and 11 digs in the game.

B-E Coach Kelly Olson said his team seemed a little disjointed after what appeared to be a painful injury to Schiele.

"And rightfully so being where they had come from, what they saw and what they had just heard," Olson said of his team being distracted by the injury. "You gotta give them all the credit. They deserve all the credit tonight."

Olson said they aren't sure the extent of Schiele's injury or whether or not she will be returning in the season.

"She's the second middle that we've had go down this year. We didn't really have any spares to start with so it's going to be back to the drawing board," Olson said. "We were flexible before tonight started. I don't know how much bendier we can get."

While the Chargers were able to pull together a win despite the injuries and a patchwork lineup, their next game against Underwood is going to be a true test of this team's ability. Underwood is a tough team, Olson says. They have an overall record of 6-3.

"With our starting lineup from the beginning of the season it was going to be a tough row," Olson said. "Nothing's impossible though. We'll give them our best shot, see where we go."

The Chargers host Underwood in Evansville on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7:15 p.m.

"If there's one thing about these kids they do pull together and they do play hard," Olson said. "They're going to need that grit for the rest of the season regardless if Schiele comes back or not."