VOLLEYBALL

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team split four matches on Saturday as the Chargers traveled to Minnewaska for a tournament.

Brandon-Evansville won its first two matches, beating Long Prairie Grey Eagle 27-25 and 25-18 before downing Ortonville 25-14 and 25-13. The Chargers dropped their last two contests by falling to New London-Spicer 25-22 and 25-4 before splitting with Benson 20-25 and 25-23 but losing that match in a points tiebreaker.  

“Today we had the opportunity to play quality Class AA teams,” head coach Kelly Olson said. “We did take a set from Benson but failed to close it out when we had the chance and ended up losing the match on points…Our last pool play match was against Ortonville. We tried a different lineup and found some consistency in our hitting from the outside which helped us get the win.”

Emma Friedrich had a big day at the net with 30 kills, while Mariah Hansen was the only other Charger in double figures with 17. Friedrich also had a team-high 25 digs and 6.5 blocks.

“Emma Friedrich was really good for us all-around today,” Olson said. “She was really good at the net and led us in digs, too. Tournaments are a good way to see what is good and what needs work. I think we have a better idea of what those things are and also how we are reacting to difficult situations.

“Next week we only have one match so the first couple days we should be able to concentrate on improving as a team instead of just prepping for the next match. Wednesday we can start to get ready for Thursday at Parkers Prairie.”

The Osakis volleyball team went to the Sauk Rapids tournament on Saturday and came home with a sixth-place finish out of 16 teams.

The Silverstreaks went 2-2 on the day after opening up with a 2-0 loss to Morris (25-17, 25-22). They bounced back from that with a win over Foley in 25-20 and 25-17 sets. Hutchinson beat Osakis in three sets 24-26, 25-10 and 15-13 before the Silverstreaks came back with a 25-14, 25-18 win over Dassel-Cokato to finish off the day.

“We again met up against some tough competition, which is continually making us stronger,” Osakis head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “For the most part our passing remained strong. That makes it so much easier for setting the ball up to our hitters. Alli Scherr, Ariel Chalmers, Taharah Hovey, Mackenzie Staloch, Brittney Sadlemyer and Abby Stroup are relied on for those duties in the back row. They have done a nice job of working together to pass well.”

Rylee Mickle and Sadlemyer each had 18 kills. Staloch had 14 kills, while Kayla Sorenson added 11. Scherr and Staloch had 36 and 31 digs, respectively, while Stroup had 35 assists and Staloch added 21 helpers.

“Mackenzie and Abby have done a great job of running the offense and making smart decisions on setting the ball up,” Wessel said. “We have a lot of girls capable of getting kills at different times during the match. It's fun to see how well they work together and are genuinely excited for their teammates getting points for the team. Brittney, Abby, Mackenzie, Taylor Spychalla, Johanna Boogaard, Kayla Sorenson and Rylee Mickle all did a fabulous job of creating points for us in the front row.  Morgan Staloch, Hannah Lien and Jordyn Rajdl all came in to various games today to help out and made an impact.  The whole team consists of very unselfish players that enjoying playing for the team.”

The Minnewaska volleyball team went 3-1 at its home tournament on Saturday with wins over Benson (20-25, 25-21, 15-12), Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (21-25, 25-20, won by total points) and Hancock (18-25, 25-16, won by total points). The Lakers only loss came against Perham in a 25-11, 25-16 match.

Kaylee Glover had a team-high 12 kills. Emma Middendorf and Ariel Ostrander added 11, while Kaitlyn Lundebrek finished with 10. Taylor Amundson had 36 digs and Kaylee Glover added 29. Amundson also had a team-high 40 assists.

New London-Spicer won the Minnewaska tournament after beating Perham in the championship match. The Lakers were third overall after the win over Benson, while Brandon-Evansville finished in fifth place.