The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team ran into a rough weekend at a two-day tournament in Marshall Oct. 4-5 where the Chargers (15-7) went 1-4.
On Tuesday, they got back into Little Eight Conference play and dominated Ashby (0-18) in a three-set sweep.
“Going to Ashby, we wanted to focus on strong serving and free-ball passing,” B-E coach Kelly Olson said. “With 13 aces and 31 kills in three sets, I think we did a pretty good job of that.”
Maddie Otto moved into the starting lineup for Haddey Zastrow, who was out with a sickness, and Olson was happy with the way she performed.
“She has prepared all year in case we needed her, and tonight we did,” he said. “The flow to the match was good with her out there, and she did what she was supposed to, play solid volleyball.”
Otto had a couple kills, while Bailey Schaefer finished with 14 to lead the team. Korrie Randt had 24 assists, and Kailee Klimek had a team-high five aces.
The Chargers won the first set 25-14 before taking the next two by the score of 25-15 to spoil Senior Night for the Arrows.
“Ashby stuck with us each set up to that 12-13 point mark,” Olson said. “We seemed to take off in all three sets at that point. It is a credit to the passing we got out of free-ball opportunities. The players buckled down and took care of the ball.”
B-E 3, ASHBY 0
(25-14, 25-15, 25-15)
B-E - Kailee Klimek - 5 aces, 3 kills, 3 digs; Bailey Schaefer - 3 aces, 14 kills, 1 block, 4 digs; Kristen Kokett - 3 digs; Brittany Korkowski - 2 aces, 4 kills, 1 block, 1 assist, 1 dig; Mikenna Pattrin - 8 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; Boris Jacobson - 2 aces, 1 dig; Korrie Randt - 24 assists, 4 digs; Maddie Otto - 2 kills; Gretchen Bredberg - 1 ace
Owls edge Knights in five
West Central Area (5-16) and Hancock (7-10) played one of the closest matches two teams can play against each other on Tuesday night, and it was the Owls that prevailed in five sets.
WCA won a 25-22 set in the first before Hancock won 25-23 and 26-24. The Knights forced a fifth with a 25-22 win in the fourth, but the Owls got the clincher by winning 17-15.
“This was a heartbreaker of a match,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “With each game score within two or three points of each other, it was a hard fought game. Hancock seemed to have a greater energy tonight. Their girls were getting up in the air and putting the ball down well. We had opportunities but just did not finish.”
The Knights were up 8-1 in the fifth set.
“We had the momentum and it shifted and never really came back,” Foslien said. “We made a lot of errors and had some net violations that really hurt.”
WCA served at a 96% clip, and Liz Rustan had a team-high 13 kills and six blocks. Morgan Stark added 11 kills, while Hailey Bennett had 16 assists and Kaylyn Ulrich had 22 digs.
HANCOCK 3, WCA 2
(22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 17-15)
WCA - Ellie Herman - 21-22 serving, 4 aces, 7 kills, 3 blocks; Hannah Holman - 19-19 serving, 4 aces; Kaleigh Anderson - 17-17 serving, 2 aces, 9 assists, 20 digs; Hailey Bennett - 16 digs, 4 kills; Kaylyn Ulrich - 22 digs, 5 kills; Liz Rustan - 13 kills, 6 blocks; Morgan Stark - 11 kills
Lakers drop tight fifth set
Minnewaska dropped a third straight match on Tuesday and the second straight by a 3-2 score.
Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (11-10) had a little bit more than the Lakers (9-8) in a 15-13 decisive fifth set. Morris won the first and third sets around Minnewaska winning 26-24 and 25-17 in the second and fourth.
Ellie Danielson had 22 kills and 27 digs, both team highs for Minnewaska. Alexis Piekarski added 10 kills, and Sara Geiser finished with 40 assists.
MORRIS AREA-C-A 3, MINNEWASKA 2
(25-12, 24-26, 25-23, 17-25, 15-13)
MINNEWASKA - Avery Hoeper - 7 kills, 1 ace, 18 digs, 2 blocks; Brecklyn Beyer - 3 kills, 1 assist, 2 digs, 1 block; Alexis Piekarski - 10 kills, 4 digs; Ellie Danielson - 22 kills, 3 aces, 27 digs, 4 blocks; Sara Geiser - 5 kills, 40 assists, 2 aces, 9 digs, 3 blocks; Emma Thorfinnson - 6 kills, 16 digs; MaKena Panitzke - 1 kill, 1 assist, 12 digs, 2 blocks; Grace Bartels - 1 ace, 4 digs; Kristen Glover - 3 aces, 12 digs