The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team (12-10, 7-1 Little Eight Conference) won in four sets on Tuesday in Ashby (2-20, 1-6 LEC).
The Arrows won the second set 25-15, but the Chargers worked around that with 25-21, 25-15 and 25-13 wins in the first, third and fourth sets.
The two Little Eight Conference teams used Tuesday night to raise money for cancer research, collecting $305 between the second and third sets. They also wore blue t-shirts with the message, ‘I can do hard things, we got this!” to honor Rothsay head coach John Reber.
Reber, 42, suffered a stroke earlier this season during the Tigers’ visit to Hillcrest. He is making progress in his recovery and is back part time but not yet traveling long distances.
"It was wonderful to be a part of a fundraising opportunity for him," B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. "Both Ashby and B-E purchased t-shirts to help John and his family. We all wore those shirts and took a picture to let him know we are thinking of him in this very difficult time. We all hope he has a full and speedy recovery."
Celi Nelson had a team-high 7 kills for Ashby in the match against B-E. Catherine Koefod had 13 assists in her return to the lineup after going out in the first set against Hillcrest Lutheran on Saturday due to an injury.
“We were happy to have Catherine back, but then made more adjustments in the rotation since we were missing another starter out from an injury,” Arrows head coach Hayley Stevens said. “Ryleigh (Brendmoen) stepped up Saturday and filled in when Catherine went out and tonight Kyra Aamot really stepped up after having only played front row in one game so far. She made the adjustment from libero to outside hitter to fill the gap. Stepping up and being a team player is becoming our motto this year, and I couldn't be prouder for their flexibility and commitment when things are happening that are out of our control.”
Brandon-Evansville's Sydney Schaefer and Taylor Yeats both had four ace serves, and Yeats added a team-best 17 digs. The Chargers won despite 57 unforced errors throughout the match.
"We handed Ashby 77% of their points," Olson said. "On the other side, they made 53 errors and gave us nearly 60% of our points. We have a lot of things to work on in the next 15 days to get ready for playoffs. The team will have to find their focus and sharpen things up or it is going to be a very short playoff run. I did think Ashby kept a lot of pressure on us with 55 digs in the four sets...They outworked us, which tells me if a few balls go their way instead of ours, the scores could just as easily been flipped. We were lucky to get out of there with a win."
B-E 3, ASHBY 1
ASHBY - Kyra Aamot - 13-13 serving, 4 kills, 2 assists, 12 digs; Celi Nelson - 13-14 serving, 7 kills, 1 block, 25 digs; Alyssa Johnson - 3-3 serving, 2 assists, 8 digs; Kaylee Schlundt - 11-12 serving, 1 kill; Livy Johnson - 5-7 serving, 2 kills, 3 digs; Lucy Ohren - 7-9 serving, 14 digs; Catherine Koefod - 4-5, 2 kills, 13 assists, 5 digs; BrookeLinn Finkelson - 5 kills, 1 dig
Knights sweep CGB
West Central Area (20-5) needed five sets to beat Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Oct. 7, but the Knights swept the Wolverines (9-10) in the rematch on Tuesday by scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-23.
“I really felt that everyone on the floor and off the bench brought the fire for us tonight,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “They played with composure and determination. That’s how we want to play as we are nearing tournament time.”
WCA 3, CGB 0
WCA - Elizabeth Rustan - 10-12 serving, 1 ace, 13 digs, 11 kills; Whitney Westrom - 11-11 serving, 2 assists, 9 digs, 5 kills; Macy Grosz - 9-10 serving, 32 assists, 12 digs, 1 kill; Mya Foslien - 9-10 serving, 1 ace, 13 digs, 12 kills; Halle Foslien - 18-19 serving, 1 ace, 6 digs, 6 kills, 2 blocks; Addison Staples - 7-9 serving, 1 ace, 2 assists, 1 dig, 5 kills, 3 blocks; Kaitlyn Hansen - 9 digs; Madelyn Westrom - 9 digs
Paynesville sweeps Osakis
Osakis (8-11) was on the road to face one of the top Class AA programs in the area as Paynesville swept the Silverstreaks on Tuesday to move to 18-3 in a non-conference, non-section tilt.
Alexis Johanson had 8 kills, while Hayleigh Niehoff and Kali Schoeck each finished with 5 for Osakis. Greta Faber had a team-high 22 digs, and Josee Hartshorn finished with 17 assists.
The Silverstreaks went 2-2 over the course of a 4-match road trip from Sept. 28 to Oct. 12. They return home on Thursday to host one of the top Class A programs in the state with Browerville-Eagle Valley (20-2) in town for a 7:30 p.m. start.
PAYNESVILLE 3, OSAKIS 0
OSAKIS - Alexis Johanson - 8 kills, 1 block, 7 digs; Greta Faber - 1 ace, 22 digs; Hayleigh Niehoff - 2 aces, 5 kills, 1 block, 3 digs; Josee Hartshorn - 1 ace, 17 assists, 9 digs; Kali Schoeck - 5 kills, 5 digs; Kiley Kranz - 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 blocks, 2 digs; Lexi Froemming - 1 kill; Mackenzie Holmquist - 4 digs; Madison Lipke - 1 block, 2 digs