Roundup: Brandon-Evansville, West Central Area, Osakis sweep

Knights improve to 4-0 with a win over Ashby.

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West Central Area's Mya Foslien executes a tip against Brandon-Evansville in the season opener on Aug. 27, 2021. Foslien and the Knights are 4-0 after getting a sweep over Ashby on Thursday night. (Photo by Jared Rubado / Alexandria Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team got its second straight win in the Little Eight Conference as the Chargers (2-2) beat Rothsay (0-3) in four sets (25-14, 26-24, 21-25, 25-14) Thursday.

“We started the first three sets a little slow with Rothsay jumping out to 5-to-6 point leads in those sets right away,” B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. “The first set saw Olivia Otto have a great 12-point serving run to carry us back to the set win. The second set opened the same way and we had to chip away at it before closing out another set win. The third set we had trouble keeping up with Rothsay as they really played well.”

The Chargers rebounded from that loss in the third and controlled the fourth set in a 25-14 final.

“In the final set of the match, we finally got a lead right away and played well,” Olson said. “We saw kids step up and come off the bench to serve in tough spots and fill in when needed. Good team win on the road. We will be heading to Browerville for a tournament on Saturday with some stiff competition.”

Knights sweep Ashby

West Central Area continued its strong start to the season as the Knights moved to 4-0 with a sweep of Ashby (1-3) on Thursday.


“We are still working on blending new players and finding our footing, but seeing moments of great cohesiveness throughout,” Ashby head coach Hayley Stevens said. “We just need to grasp onto that and hold it through a full set. WCA had a strong outside cross-court game that pulled our passers in and out on coverage and they worked the court well. Scrappiness was fierce on both sides, and we saw some really long volleys with a lot of movement from both sides of the court.”

The Knights won 25-15, 25-16 and 25-14. West Central Area stood out from the serving line where it went 69-of-72 as a team.

“In game one, Whitney Westrom and Elizabeth Rustan had some runs in serving, and just tremendous hustle by our defensive players Madelyn Westrom and Sophie Sanstead as the Arrows came out swinging strong with some attacks from the back row,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “Games two and three, Macy Grosz and Halle Foslien had long runs of serving as well. Lexi Hunter came in and played a steady right side and added a couple of nice plays. Halle Foslien had a career-high 12 kills on the night and 3 ace blocks. Her play really gave our team the confidence we needed. Smart setting by Macy Grosz helped spread our offense out and often our middles were hitting against a solo block in the middle.”

Catherine Koefod had 12 assists for the Arrows, while Celi Nelson had a team-high seven kills. Grosz finished with 26 assists for the Knights to go with 16 digs. Rustan added 10 kills.


(25-15, 25-16, 25-14)

WCA - Whitney Westrom - 11-12 serving, 3 aces; Halle Foslien - 12-12 serving, 3 aces, 12 kills, 3 blocks; Macy Grosz - 22-23 serving, 1 ace, 16 digs, 26 assists; Sophie Sanstead - 19 digs; Elizabeth Rustan - 12 digs, 10 kills, 1 block; Madelyn Westrom - 11 digs; Mya Foslien - 7 kills; Addison Staples - 2 blocks

ASHBY - Ryleigh Brendmoen - 7-8 serving, 8 digs, 4 kills; Haleigh Brendmoen - 8-8 serving, 1 ace, 12 digs, 2 kills; Catherine Koefod - 7-7 serving, 2 aces, 12 assists; BrookeLinn Finkelson - 3 kills; Celi Nelson - 7-7 serving, 7 kills; Livy Johnson - 3 kills; Lucy Ohren - 7-8, 1 ace


Osakis sweeps LPGE

Osakis (2-5) got its second win of the season on Thursday as the Silverstreaks swept Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (0-4).

The Silverstreaks got a team-high seven kills from Kiley Kranz and added six more from Kali Schoeck. Josee Hartshorn dished out 15 assists, and Greta Faber had a team-high 27 digs.


OSAKIS - Alexis Johanson - 1 ace, 2 kills, 9 digs; Greta Faber - 2 assists, 27 digs; Hayleigh Niehoff - 3 aces, 3 kills, 14 digs; Josee Hartshorn - 3 aces, 15 assists, 8 digs; Kali Schoeck - 1 ace, 6 kills, 10 digs; Kiley Kranz - 3 aces, 7 kills, 5 digs; Lara Drum - 3 digs; Lexi Froemming - 1 assist; Mackenzie Holmquist - 3 digs; Madison Lipke - 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig

Sauk Centre sweeps Lakers

Sauk Centre is off to a 6-1 start to its season after sweeping Minnewaska on Thursday.

The Mainstreeters won 25-13, 25-16 and 25-8. Miaya Guggisberg had a team-best five kills for the Lakers (0-4).


MINNEWASKA - Avery Fier - 1 kill, 15 digs; Addy Kath - 1 dig, 1 block; Miaya Guggisberg - 5 kills, 2 digs, 1 block; Amanda Lohre - 4 kills, 1 dig; Brooklyn Larson - 2 kills, 7 digs, 1 block; Haley Shea - 1 kill, 10 assists, 10 digs; Brooklyn Meyer - 1 dig; Grace Zenk - 5 digs; Noa Beckwith - 6 digs


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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