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Volleyball: Rothsay outlasts B-E in five sets

Bailey Schaefer

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team had a two-match winning streak snapped on Monday night as a now 7-11 Rothsay team won a five setter on its home court.

"We just couldn't seem to get out of our own way," B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. "Too many unforced errors at the net, coupled with poor coverage cost us the match. Each kid played hard, but they seemed to play their own match instead of consistently working as a unit out there."

Rothsay jumped on the Chargers in the first two sets, winning 25-21 in the first and 26-24 in the second. That left B-E with a steep hole to dig out of, and the Chargers almost did that. They won the third set 25-20 and the fourth 26-24. The Tigers regrouped and won a close fifth set 15-13.

"The kids really dug in, but in the end it seemed we had waited just a bit too long," Olson said. "Looking at our stats, we can see it wasn't one glaring thing that cost us the match, but a lot of minor things that we did allowed Rothsay to win. They made enough plays to win, and we didn't."

The Chargers served at a 93.6-percent clip and had 13 aces. They added 59 kills, with senior Allie Satterlie leading that charge with 20 kills. Freshman outside hitter Bailey Schaefer added 18 kills and a team-leading 17 digs. Madison Quinn set up her hitters with 44 assists.

"This loss just gives us the opportunity to reflect, make adjustments, and move on," Olson said. "The end of the season is coming, and the opportunity to play tight matches and struggle can only make us better if we learn from them. Not our best night, but we played hard and that will make us better in the long run."

The Chargers (9-9, 4-3 Little Eight Conference) head to Battle Lake tonight, Tuesday, for a matchup with the 9-10 Battlers. Brandon-Evansville then heads to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall this Friday for tournament play.

ROTHSAY 3, BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 2

(25-21, 26-24, 20-25, 24-26, 15-13)

B-E - Emily Bukkila - 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist, 14 digs; Kailee Klimek - 1 ace, 1 assist; Bailey Schaefer - 2 aces, 18 kills, 17 digs; Allie Satterlie - 3 aces, 20 kills, 9 digs; Allison Sturges - 4 aces, 2 digs; Sara Jacobson - 5 digs; Payton Schaefer - 5 kills, 8 digs; Haddey Zastrow - 5 kills, 1 dig; Madison Quinn - 1 ace, 2 kills, 44 assists, 9 digs; Mikenna Pattrin - 8 kills; Korrie Randt - 1 dig

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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