The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team had no problems in its season opener.
The Chargers (1-0) traveled to Hancock on Tuesday night and breezed through the Owls in a three-set sweet. They dominated the third, winning 25-4 after 25-11 and 25-14 wins in the first two sets.
“Tonight was a nice first match to get new people acclimated with playing varsity minutes consistently,” B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. “With two new faces starting for us, we had some nervousness heading into the first match. I thought Korrie (Randt), Kristen (Kokett), and Boris (Jacobson) did a good job tonight. I was hoping to get Boris into the front row during the third set, but Brittany (Korkowski) had an 11-serve run to end the match.”
Olson said the Chargers played well overall, but he also sees areas they need to improve on.
“I think serving needs to be better,” he said. “We need to be more consistent, 84% will not be good enough. Offensively, we hit over. 400, but missed opportunities to finish some rallies. Free ball passing was okay. A few passes drifted on us and made us work harder than we should have... We still have room to improve in a number of areas, and Hancock did a great job taking advantage at points throughout the match of those areas. They played hard and until the end.”
The Chargers had a balanced attack at the net. Mikenna Pattrin had a team-high 10 kills, while Bailey Schaefer was right behind her with nine. Randt, in her first start as this team’s primary setter, finished with 27 assists. Schaefer added 10 digs.
“Our bench was ready and is still figuring out who they are, but the important thing is they were an active part of the match,” Olson said. “It is great to get the first win and first match under our belts.”
Brandon-Evansville will now turn its attention to the home opener on Sept. 3 when Battle Lake comes to Evansville at 7:15 p.m.
B-E 3, HANCOCK 0
(25-11, 25-14, 25-4)
B-E - Kailee Klimek - 1 ace, 5 kills, 3 digs; Bailey Schaefer - 3 aces, 9 kills, 1 block, 10 digs; Kristen Kokett - 3 aces, 6 digs; Brittany Korkowski - 5 aces, 3 kills, 1 assist; Mikenna Pattrin - 10 kills, 1 block; Korrie Randt - 1 ace, 27 assists, 2 digs; Maddie Otto - 1 kill, 1 block; Haddey Zastrow - 2 kills, 1 dig; Kylee Dingwall - 1 dig; Taylor Yeats - 1 dig