B-E’s Bailey Schaefer signs with Crookston in the NSIC

Bailey Schaefer, one of the top volleyball players in Brandon-Evansville's program history, signs her letter of intent to play collegiately at the Division II level in Crookston.

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Brandon-Evansville senior Bailey Schaefer is all smiles after signing her letter of intent to attend school and play college volleyball at the University of Minnesota-Crookston out of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference starting in the fall of 2021. (Contributed photo)

Brandon-Evansville senior Bailey Schaefer made her college plans official in volleyball recently as the standout outside hitter for the Chargers signed her letter of intent to play at the Division II level at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

Crookston plays in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

“We are excited that Bailey gets to continue playing volleyball at the next level,” B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. “She has worked very hard for many years and has earned every accolade she has received.”

Schaefer left quite a legacy at Brandon-Evansville as she became the only Chargers player to pass 1,000 kills in her career early in the 2020 fall season and finished with 1,150. Other career totals are 4.04 kills per set, 285 sets played, 56 blocks, 650 digs and 158 aces.

“She has helped us earn three straight undefeated conference championships, four years on the all-conference teams, and two league MVPs,” Olson said. “We are going to miss having her on the team for obvious reasons, but her dedication and leadership will be missed the most. UM-Crookston is not only getting a great volleyball player, but they are also getting a player that knows what it takes to get better through hard work.”


( Editor's note: The first version of this story stated that Bailey Schaefer was the first Brandon-Evansville volleyball player to earn all-state honors. Debbie Slack and Kami Dingwall were also all-state players for the program in 1999.)

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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