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Roundup: Brandon-Evansville, West Central Area recover from first-set losses to grab wins

Browerville-Eagle Valley stays unbeaten by winning three close sets against Osakis.

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Kylee Dingwall

The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team (5-5) brushed aside a poor first set on Thursday to win the next three and beat Ashby (0-9) by 13-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-14 finals.

“After a good practice on Wednesday, with conversations and reps on how we need to improve our play, we felt coming in we would be ready to take steps forward,” B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. “However, we started very slow on the night and had to make some player substitutions in order to find any semblance of order on the court. We had missed serves, poor hitting, and ball handling errors defensively and offensively. We had a lot of unforced errors that allowed Ashby to easily take set one. Set two saw the set start much the same. We decided to get some other kids in the match.”

Olson praised the play of Kendall Hoidahl off the bench at that time as she came in at setter and got the offense going. She finished with six assists on the night, and Kylee Dingwall had a team-high 15 kills.

“As set two carried on, our offensive efficiently got a little better, but just barely,” Olson said. “The girls came back in set two and squeaked out the win.

“As the night went on, we got a little better each set. All night long we struggled in one facet or another. We are still waiting to see what we do in practice turn up in a match consistently. Our inconsistency plagues us. We are having to work much harder than we should to score. We need to bring our practice to the match.”

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The Arrows got 21 assists from Catherine Koefod, and a team-best 13 kills from Ryleigh Brendmoen.

“We came out battling with a fresh lineup after an injury on Saturday for sophomore starter Haleigh Brendmoen,” Ashby head coach Hayley Stevens said. “We worked on a new arrangement and moved key players around the rotation. These girls really stepped up and I couldn't have been prouder how they came together and really made things happen.”

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 3, ASHBY 1

(13-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-14)

B-E - Grace Otto - 2 digs; Skylar Bitzan - 1 dig; Sydney Schaefer - 2 aces, 4 kills, 14 assists, 6 digs; Kylee Dingwall - 1 ace, 15 kills, 2 blocks, 7 digs; Taylor Yeats - 5 aces, 5 kills, 28 digs; Kendall Hoidahl - 1 kill, 6 assists, 4 digs; EmmaLee Brethorst - 5 aces, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 3 digs; Olivia Otto - 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist, 5 digs; Gretchen Bredberg - 1 ace, 1 kill, 10 digs; Kaytlyn Pattrin - 5 digs

ASHBY - Catherine Koefod - 14-16 serving, 2 aces, 21 assists, 7 digs; Celi Nelson - 15-16 serving, 2 aces, 4 kills, 1 assist, 16 digs; Kaylee Schlundt - 17-18 serving, 1 ace, 5 kills, 1 block; Kyra Aamot - 12-15 serving, 9 digs; Lucy Ohren - 8-10 serving, 2 aces, 12 digs; Ryleigh Brendmoen - 7-9 serving, 2 aces, 13 kills, 1 block, 27 digs; BrookeLinn Finkelson - 1 kill, 2 assists, 3 digs; Livy Johnson - 2 kills, 1 dig

Knights down Hancock

Like Brandon-Evansville, West Central Area (9-1) overcame a first-set loss to win a four-setter as they took care of Hancock on Thursday.

“In set two, (we) kept the momentum with some good runs of serving by Mya Foslien, Whitney Westrom, and Elizabeth Rustan,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “Anytime we can get a run of three to four serves in a row helps. Halle Foslien also had some really nice blocks, which kept the Owls from gaining confidence."

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Mya Foslien had 18 kills, and Elizabeth Rustan was right behind her with 17. Macy Grosz dished out 33 assists and added 25 digs.

“The girls were really playing with heart and having fun,” coach Foslien said. “When you have two hitters putting down 35 kills, that’s hard to stop.”

WCA (9-1) 3, HANCOCK (3-1) 1

(22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-19)

WCA - Whitney Westrom - 20/20 serving, 3 aces; 4 kills; Elizabeth Rustan - 22/24 serving, 2 aces, 17 kills, 2 blocks; Macy Grosz - 14/14 serving, 33 assists, 25 digs, 1 kill; Halle Foslien - 14/15 serving, 2 aces, 5 kills, 2 blocks; Mya Foslien - 12/12 serving, 1 ace, 18 kills; Kaitlyn Hansen - 13 digs; Addison Staples - 4 kills, 1 block

Tigers stay unbeaten against Osakis

Browerville-Eagle Valley is still undefeated after a sweep of Osakis (4-9) on Thursday.

The Silverstreaks pushed the Tigers (9-0) in every set, but Browerville-Eagle Valley found a way to win by 28-26, 25-23 and 30-28 finals.

BROWERVILLE-EV 3, OSAKIS 0

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OSAKIS - Alexis Johanson - 11 kills, 3 blocks, 14 digs; Greta Faber - 2 kills, 1 assist, 34 digs; Hayleigh Niehoff - 3 kills, 1 assist, 11 digs; Josee Hartshorn - 3 kills, 23 assists, 12 digs; Kali Schoeck - 5 kills, 25 digs; Kiley Kranz - 4 kills, 4 blocks, 6 digs; Mackenzie Holmquist - 1 assist, 15 digs; Madison Lipke - 3 kills, 4 blocks

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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