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Volleyball: Chargers cruise to season-opening sweep

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team shook off the rust and kicked off the new season with a 3-0 sweep at Hancock on Monday.

“(Monday’s) season opening match was a good one for the players,” head coach Kelly Olson said. “With a few girls’ first varsity court time as starters, we didn’t see a lot of nerves.”

The Chargers (1-0) started the night with a 25-18 win in the first set, where Olson said junior Kailee Klimek led the way.

“We had some great serving out of Kailee Klimek,” said Olson. “(It was her) first start and she did a great job for the team. She set the tone for us and we saw her take some steps forward.”

Klimek allowed B-E to start the second set on an extended run, which turned into a 25-9 win and a 2-0 lead on the night. Shortly after, Brandon-Evansville took the third set 25-14 for the season-opening sweep.

The Chargers finished with 11 aces on the night, which Olson pointed to as a key aspect of the win because of B-E’s emphasis on aggressive serving.

Sophomore Bailey Schaefer led the way with five of those aces, while Klimek followed with four and senior Madison Quinn the remaining two. Schaefer also led the team with 10 kills, while Quinn piled up 20 assists and senior Sara Jacobson 11 digs.

Brandon-Evansville returns to the court at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, for a road meeting with Henning.

“We would like to do better in a number of areas,” Olson said of the matchup, “but for (now), we are happy to leave Hancock with a three-set win.”

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 3, HANCOCK 0

(25-18, 25-9, 25-14)

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Sara Jacobson - 11 digs; Kailee Klimek - 4 aces, 1 kill, 5 digs; Bailey Schaefer - 5 aces, 10 kills, 1 assist, 6 digs; Kristen Kokett - 1 dig; Brittany Korkowski - 3 kills, 4 digs; Mikenna Pattrin - 5 kills, 1 block, 1 dig; Haddey Zastrow - 3 kills; Madison Quinn - 2 aces, 20 assists.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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