The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team had one last box to check in order to run off a second straight perfect season in the Little Eight Conference and it came against the second-place team in the league.
Parkers Prairie has put together a 14-11 overall record this fall and is 8-2 in the LEC. The Panthers pushed the Chargers (17-7) on Tuesday night in Parkers Prairie, but Brandon-Evansville won in five sets to finish off its second straight conference championship with a 10-0 record.
“All night, the match was back and forth, except for set four, where Parkers really dominated all phases of the game,” B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. “With teams splitting the first four sets, it comes down to who can make a minor adjustment quicker than the other team.”
Almost all the sets were close, with the Chargers taking sets one and three by 25-23 scores around 25-20 and 25-14 wins for Parkers Prairie in the second and fourth. That set up a back-and-forth fifth set where the two teams were tied at 11 apiece before B-E won 15-13.
“We were on the up side of the score at 14-13 and Parkers called a timeout,” Olson said. “Boris Jacobson was our server, and she stepped up and served an aggressive ball, hitting the tape and going over. We ended the match on a hitting error by Parkers, but it was the serve that set that up for us.”
Olson also lauded the play of senior Brittany Korkowski, who had 12 kills and no hitting errors on 26 balls attacked.
“What a great time for her to step up because Parkers did a nice job on Bailey (Schaefer) and Mikenna (Pattrin) at the net,” Olson said. “They got their kills, but they had to earn every single one. Brittany gave us that balance we needed.”
Schaefer had a team-high 17 kills, and Pattrin joined Korkowski with 12. Korrie Randt had 44 assists and 12 digs, while Kailee Klimek added 15 digs.
“All of our players did some great things out there, and I think tonight they knew after it was over that the team is more important than any single player,” Olson said. “We are looking forward to heading into the playoffs and are excited to see where we end up in seedings Friday.”
The Chargers have gone 14-3 against Section 6A opponents through the regular season. Brandon-Evansville looks like it will be the third seed in the South half of the bracket, with Henning (20-7) and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (18-4) being the potential first and second seeds in the subsection, respectively.
B-E 3, PARKERS PRAIRIE 2
(25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 14-25, 15-13)
B-E - Kailee Klimek - 6 kills, 15 digs; Bailey Schaefer - 17 kills, 3 blocks, 9 digs; Kristen Kokett - 12 digs; Brittany Korkowski - 1 ace, 12 kills, 1 block, 2 assists, 10 digs; Mikenna Pattrin - 12 kills, 4 blocks, 1 assist, 1 dig; Korrie Randt - 1 kill, 44 assists, 12 digs; Haddey Zastrow - 6 kills, 1 block, 1 dig; Gretchen Bredberg - 2 aces, 2 digs