Tuesday night the Brandon-Evansville volleyball team opened up Little Eight Conference play with a home match against Battle Lake. From the start, the match proved to be a back and forth fight with both teams making scramble plays to force 5 sets. Brandon-Evansville prevailed 25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10.
“Serving once again proved to be a little bit of hurdle, with misses happening at inopportune times,” reported Head Coach Kelly Olson of the Chargers. “Our bench really stepped up in these moments, especially Kaytlyn Pattrin (13/15 serving, 1 ace, 3 digs) and Kendall Hoidahl (6/6 serving, 2 aces), putting in crucial serves during the fourth and fifth sets. Sydney Schaefer (15/17 serving, 2 aces, 4 kills, 32 set assists, 7 digs) did a good job of spreading the ball around tonight. EmmaLee Brethorst (16/19 serving, 6 aces, 6 kills, 3 blocks, 10 digs) and Gretchen Bredberg (16/16 serving, 11 kills, 2 blocks, 11 digs) not only put the ball down, but also were smart in their multiple recorded kills. It was an overall good team win that the girls fought for to the very end.”
Kylee Dingwall added 11 kills, 1 block and 11 digs, and Taylor Yeats served up a pair of aces, had 6 kills and came up with 14 digs. Olivia Otto contributed 5 kills, 3 digs and 1 ace serve.
“We started slow, but picked it up in sets two and three,” reported Battle Lake Head Coach Jenny Roisum. “We were able to control our mistakes and Grace VanErp went on a strong serving run in set two. She finished the night going 19-for-22 with 4 aces. We had a 17-11 lead in set four, but the Chargers came back strong, tying us at 18 and then winning the set. Set five was tight, but once again the Chargers pulled ahead and we could not counter.”
VanErp led the Battlers with24 kills and 11 digs. Sophie Akerman dished out 23 assists, while Ady Tysdal and Kayler Brandner each added 9 digs.
The Battlers head to Frazee on Thursday night.
The Chargers continue conference play on Thursday with their first road game of the season traveling to Rothsay to take on the Tigers.