The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team has had a relatively easy go of things in its quest to win a second straight Little Eight Conference title, but this team was pushed on Thursday.
The Chargers (13-3) have won 17 straight LEC matches after going 10-0 in 2018 and now 7-0 this fall, but Underwood (8-7, 5-3 LEC) took them to five sets before falling short on Thursday.
“After two tough matches earlier in the week, we knew that we had to be on top of our game against a program like Underwood,” B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. “For the first two sets, we had everything rolling. We passed and served well, and we covered up any mistakes we had.”
The Chargers won those first two sets, 25-15 and 25-16. That’s when the Rockets fought back. They found ways to win two close sets, 25-23 and 25-25, to force a fifth.
Olson said the Chargers got off to good starts in both the third and fourth sets, but Underwood never backed down.
“Whenever you have to go to a fifth set, it really tests a team’s mental toughness, because anything can happen,” Olson said. “It was nice to get a side out off their tough leadoff server before she ran a bunch on us like she had all night. Brittany Korkowski went back and really served well that fifth set.”
This time, a fast start carried through for the Chargers as they finished off the win with a 15-7 final.
“The girls played hard, and they needed to,” Olson said. “Underwood is always a tough match, and tonight it was no different. They knew it was our Senior Night, and they played some resilient volleyball. I think we got better tonight in a number of ways and we are looking forward to heading to Marshall for a two-day tournament starting Friday night and ending Saturday afternoon.”
The Chargers got a team-high 19 kills from Bailey Schaefer. Kailee Klimek added 14 and Mikenna Pattrin finished with nine. Korrie Randt set her hitters up with 41 assists, and Kristen Kokett had a team-best 23 digs.
B-E 3, UNDERWOOD 2
(25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 25-27, 15-7)
B-E - Kailee Klimek - 1 ace, 14 kills, 6 digs; Bailey Schaefer - 4 aces, 19 kills, 1 block, 1 assist, 12 digs; Kristen Kokett - 1 assist, 23 digs; Brittany Korkowski - 2 aces, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 10 digs; Mikenna Pattrin - 9 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 2 digs; Boris Jacobson - 1 ace; Korrie Randt - 2 aces, 1 block, 41 assists, 5 digs; Haddey Zastrow - 2 kills, 1 block, 3 digs; Gretchen Bredberg - 1 dig
Osakis snaps two-match skid
The Osakis volleyball team had been swept in back-to-back matches, but the Silverstreaks (7-13, 6-1 Prairie Conference) got its second win of the season over Browerville-Eagle Valley in four sets on Thursday.
The Tigers (11-9, 5-2 Prairie) forced a fourth set by winning the third 25-17, but Osakis didn’t let that momentum linger. The Silverstreaks won the first and second sets, 25-19 and 25-20. They put things away with a 25-22 win in the fourth.
Jacey Larson continued a solid season by racking up 10 kills and 14 digs. Both of those were team highs. Laynee Hartshorn added eight kills and Jose Hartshorn finished with 17 assists.
OSAKIS 3, BROWERVILLE-EAGLE VALLEY 1
(25-19, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22)
OSAKIS - Abby Breiter - 1 dig; Alexis Johanson - 5 kills, 4 blocks, 4 digs; Alexis Johanson - 5 kills, 4 blocks, 4 digs; Alli Rach - 2 aces, 1 assist, 11 digs; Cassie Halbur - 3 kills, 7 blocks, 1 dig; Emily Waldorf - 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig; Greta Faber - 3 aces, 4 digs; Jacey Larson - 3 aces, 10 kills, 1 block, 14 digs; Jose Hartshorn - 1 ace, 17 assists, 11 digs; Laynee Hartshorn - 1 ace, 8 kills, 1 block, 1 assist, 10 kills; Madisen Johanson - 5 kills, 2 blocks, 5 assists, 3 digs
Knights down Ortonville
West Central Area is looking for progress toward the end of the season and the Knights got some on Thursday with a win in four sets over Ortonville.
The Trojans (3-13) had beat WCA (5-15) in five sets on Sept. 17, but they have not won in five matches since. The Knights put the match away on Thursday with 25-19 and 26-24 wins in the third and fourth sets. They won the first 25-17 before Ortonville’s only win in the second at 25-17.
“Tonight’s game was a battle of long rallies, incredible net play and a test of our mental toughness,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “Tuesday’s game against CGB taught us that we need to learn how to finish games. Tonight, we did it.”
The Knights were down 19-13 in the fourth set. Foslien used both of her timeouts, and her players responded to put the match away.
“The girls showed great determination. With a wonderful kill by Morgan Stark to end game four after being down the whole game, it was the greatest satisfaction,” Foslien said. “I am excited to see what the next couple of weeks will bring for our Knights as we face Hancock next week.”
Ellie Herman had a team-high 10 kills, while Stark added nine and Kaylyn Ulrich and Lizzie Rustan both had seven. Hailey Bennett had 14 assists and Kaleigh Anderson added 13.
WCA 3, ORTONVILLE 1
(25-17, 17-25, 25-19, 26-24)
WCA - Kaylyn Ulrich - 19-20 serving, 4 aces, 7 kills; Kaleigh Anderson - 15-17 serving, 3 aces, 13 assists, 17 digs; Hailey Bennett - 14 assists, 16 digs; Lizzie Rustan - 7 kills, 1 block; Morgan Stark - 9 kills, 1 block; Ellie Herman - 10 kills
Melrose edges Lakers in five
Minnewaska (9-7) started strong against Melrose (11-4) on Thursday night but could not quite sustain that in a five-set loss.
The Lakers forced a fifth set by winning 25-14 in the first and 25-13 in the fourth around the Dutchmen’s 25-17 and 25-23 wins in the second and third sets. Melrose held off Minnewaska in a 15-11 fifth set to secure the match.
Ellie Danielson had another big match with 22 kills and six blocks. Sara Geiser had 37 assists and Avery Hoeper had a team-high 20 digs.
MELROSE 3, MINNEWASKA 2
(14-25, 25-17, 25-23, 13-25, 15-11)
MINNEWASKA - Avery Hoeper - 4 kills, 1 assist, 2 aces, 20 digs, 6 blocks; MaKena Panitzke - 3 kills, 1 assist, 11 digs, 2 blocks; Alexis Piekarski - 8 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks; Ellie Danielson - 22 kills, 1 assist, 17 digs, 6 blocks; Sara Geiser - 37 assists, 4 aces, 8 digs, 3 blocks; Emma Thorfinnson - 5 kills, 1 assist, 15 digs, 1 block; Brecklyn Beyer - 1 kill, 1 dig, 1 block; Grace Bartels - 3 aces, 2 digs; Kristen Glover - 2 aces, 11 digs
Warriors sweep Ashby
Wheaton-Herman-Norcross swept Ashby on Thursday with 25-22, 25-8 and 25-16 wins.
Courtney Koefod and Kalista Aamot both had a team-high five kills for the Arrows. Tarryn Hill had 11 assists, and Taleeyah Johnson had a team-high nine digs.
WHN 3, ASHBY 0
(25-22, 25-8, 25-16)
ASHBY - Celi Nelson - 2 kills; Courtney Koefod - 9-9 serving, 5 kills; Halle Dahlen - 5-6 serving, 4 kills, 1 block; Kalista Aamot - 5-6 serving, 1 ace, 7 digs, 5 kills; Taleeyah Johnson - 8-8 serving, 1 ace, 9 digs; Cailey Schlosser - 11-11 serving, 2 aces, 2 digs; Anissa Heinrich - 4-4 serving; Tarryn Hill - 2-2 serving, 11 assists, 5 digs