Chargers pile up accolades after another winning season

Schaefer, Otto, Bitzan earn team awards.

Brandon-Evansville's Bailey Schaefer (right) reaches to try to make a tip against Osakis on Oct. 27, 2020 with teammate EmmaLee Brethorst by her side. Schaefer was named the MVP of the Little Eight Conference and team MVP for the Chargers after finishing off a record-setting career as a senior this fall. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team wrapped up another winning season this fall that included a third straight Little Eight Conference title.

Senior Bailey Schaefer had a lot to do with that 9-3 record overall and 6-0 mark in the LEC, and the outside hitter brought home plenty of postseason accolades to back that up.

Schaefer was first-team All-LEC and named the conference MVP. Her teammates also voted her as the team MVP after becoming the program’s first-ever player to reach 1,000 kills in a career. Schaefer had a team-best 207 kills in the 12 matches this year. She added 20 aces, 10 blocks and 100 digs.

Schaefer leaves the Brandon-Evansville program as the career leader in multiple categories. She finished with 1,150 kills for her career and broke her own single-match kills record of 31 by collecting 34 kills against Park Christian in the season finale on Nov. 20.

The 5.05 kills per set that Schaefer averaged this past season is a Chargers’ record. She also set the tone from the serving line with a B-E record 14 aces in a single match to go with a season record of 73 aces that she accumulated in 2018.


Mikenna Pattrin and Korrie Randt joined Schaefer on the first-team All-LEC list. Pattrin anchored the middle up front for B-E and finished with 104 kills and a team-best 26 blocks.

Randt joined Schaefer for the team lead in serving aces with 20 this season. She set up the offense with 364 assists, while adding 59 digs. Randt finished her career with 1,033 assists from 2018-2020. That’s good for fourth all time on the Chargers’ career assists list. Kylee Hansen holds the all-time lead in that category with 2,002 assists from 2012-2016.

Kylee Dingwall and Grace Otto were both honorable-mention All-LEC performers. Otto also earned the Chargers’ Most Improved Player Award. The sophomore defensive specialist had 87 digs.

Senior defensive specialist Morgan Bitzan earned Brandon-Evansville’s final team honor with the Coaches Award. That award goes to the player who exemplifies leadership and a positive attitude.

Along with Schaefer taking home the LEC MVP honor, head coach Kelly Olson also was named the Coach of the Year in the entire league. Olson has guided the Chargers to a 27-match winning streak in the LEC through the three straight conference championships.

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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