Tuesday night Brandon-Evansville hosted a Little Eight Conference volleyball contest against Hillcrest. The match was tight throughout the night with the Comets prevailing in 4 sets, 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22.
“There were a ton of long volleys tonight as well as a lot of point-for-point scoring,” said Hillcrest Head Coach Debi Foss. “Both teams did a great job of digging up the ball and putting it back to the other side. Every game has a learning curve and my girls definitely had to make some adjustments. Despite a lot of unforced errors and some missed serves, we pulled together, stayed tough and got the job done. I could probably recall at least one moment for every player that caused the momentum to shift our way tonight. I’m so proud of the girls and of the growth they are experiencing.”
Hillcrest was led by Hope Adams (12 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces serves, 1 dig), Emily Adams (17 kills, 11 digs, 1 block, 3 set assists, 11 serving points), Anna Brumfield (16 kills, 16 digs, 3 serving points), Madi Foss (14 kills, 14 digs, 14 serving points, 2 blocks), Ruby Peterson (51 set assists, 11 serving points, 9 digs), Maddie Ballweg (7 serving points, 36 digs) and Ella Knutson (3 kills, 2 digs, 1 block).
The Comets will play the Ashby Arrows for a second time this season at Hillcrest on Thursday beginning with the Junior High at 4:00pm.
“Coming in we knew they were undefeated and were going to be a good litmus test for us,” said B-E Head Coach Kelly Olson. “We have been steadily improving and wanted to know how we matched up with them. In set 1, we had our chances but continued to get used on the block, failing to turn it in. We also had too many net violations, but we did play hard. Set two we lost focus and dug a big hole. They again used our block and we didn't get enough good touches to continue rallies. We sent a lot of free balls over when we could have been a bit more aggressive. In set three the play was the same in set one, but we held the pressure points and forced them to play on the defensive. We were more efficient in serve receive and in attacking the ball. We won that set to stay alive in the match. In the final set we were leading until we failed to keep the pressure on them. We sent too many free balls and they terminated the rallies. The players played hard, and if we focused a little more the scores for those close sets could have swung our way, but they didn't. So we will come back tomorrow and get better, learning from our mistakes and work on them.”
The Chargers will host Park Christian on Thursday.