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Chargers put finishing touches on LEC title

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team wrapped up the regular season by avenging a loss to Parkers Prairie and finishing 9-1 in the Little Eight Conference on Tuesday night.

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The Panthers have just four wins this season but they have given the Chargers some trouble. Brandon-Evansville lost to Parkers Prairie in five sets on September 19 and the Chargers needed five more to get the win on Tuesday, finally sealing things in a 19-25, 25-22, 25-20, 20-25, 15-9 match.

“We seemed to find the momentum during the second and third sets,” Chargers head coach Kelly Olson said. “I really did not want to go five tonight, but Parkers had something to say about that. Losing that fourth set was tough. Parker’s kept us down the whole time. Every run we got, they seemed to answer with more pressure. We did stay composed though and came through in the ending set with a couple of short runs and sided them out when we got the opportunity.”

Diane Campbell played what Olson called her best offensive match of the season in leading the Chargers with 17 kills. Caroline Jansen added 16 and Emma Friedrich finished with 14 kills. Kinsley Randt ran the offense with 43 assists and Mariah Hansen led the team with 14 digs.

“We will all discuss some points on which to improve on because with playoffs coming up, each round the room for error gets less and less,” Olson said. “Overall, a good team win against a tough Parkers team. It was a fun match to watch and coach…we look forward to seeing where we end up in sections and giving it our best shot.”

The win also sends the Chargers into the playoffs on a high note after dropping their previous game to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross. The Warriors (18-4) took care of that match in three sets on Monday as they won 25-18, 25-19 and 25-22.

Friedrich led the Chargers that night with 11 kills, while Jansen chipped in nine. Randt had 26 assists and Kylee Hansen added a team-high 14 digs.

Brandon-Evansville wrapped up the regular season with a 17-10-2 overall record. The Chargers’ 9-1 league record was one game better than Battle Lake as the Battlers finished 8-2 in the LEC.

MATCH STATISTICS W-H-N 3, Brandon-Evansville 0

(25-18, 25-19, 25-22)

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE – M. Hansen – 4 kills, 13 digs; Randt – 26 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs, 1 solo block; Jansen – 9 kills, 2 digs, 1 assisted block; Friedrich – 11 kills, 1 ace, 3 digs, 2 solo blocks, 1 assisted block; K. Kokett – 3 digs; Campbell – 5 kills, 1 dig; K. Hansen – 1 kill14 digs; Wright – 3 digs

Brandon-Evansville 3, Parkers Prairie 2

(19-25, 25-22, 25-20, 20-25, 15-9)

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE – M. Hansen – 4 kills, 1 ace, 14 digs, 2 assisted blocks; Randt – 3 kills, 43 assists, 12 digs, 1 assisted block; Jansen – 16 kills, 7 digs; Friedrich – 14 kills, 3 aces, 7 digs, 2 solo blocks, 1 assisted block; Wright – 4 assists, 1 ace, 9 digs, 1 solo block, 1 assisted block; Campbell – 17 kills, 1 dig, 2 solo blocks, 1 assisted block; K. Hansen – 3 aces, 9 digs; K. Kokett – 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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