The Brandon-Evansville volleyball team defeated Rothsay in five sets (17-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15, 16-14) on Tuesday night in Evansville.
“Today's match was a match to remember for these players and parents on Parents' Night,” said B-E Head Coach Kelly Olson. “Down by two sets, playing with a JV outside (Haddey Zastrow) and a JV setter (Brittany Korkowski) as emergency middles, as we lost one middle last week to a torn ACL and this week lost our other starting middle to a severe ankle sprain, these girls really showed their willingness to do anything they had to out there tonight. They did everything I asked of them.”
Olson continued, “the other important part tonight was our ability to get over the injuries, play together, and find their focus. I have witnessed some great games from the sideline over the years, but this one stands out. People can say whatever they want, but this team won this match. No doubt about that. Defense was outstanding those last three sets. Our hitters went up with the mentality to kill the ball, especially when the game was close. We didn't hesitate or play it safe at the net. We took the match with our willingness to risk the error. We made great adjustments and had clutch serving. The girls should be proud of what they did tonight.”
Freshman Bailey Schaefer and Senior Allie Satterlie (Outside Hitters) led the offensive attack for the Chargers. Bailey had 15 kills and Allie registered 22. “They had a lot of swings out there and never quit hitting the ball, plus they both had double digit dig nights, are primary passers, and were tough from the serving line with 5 aces each,” said Olson. “Madison Quinn had 50 set assists to go along with 11 digs and 5 kills. Emily Bukkila was tremendous defensively picking up 11 digs of her own. Sara Jacobson (libero) also finished the match very well with too many tip covers to count. We know we are down a couple of starters, but we will regroup, come up with a new plan, and get ready for Underwood on Thursday.”
“We were flat for most of the match tonight,” said Rothsay Head Coach Heather Reber. “We did not move well, and it showed in our serve receive and defense. The Chargers set almost every ball to the outside and we struggled to get a good touch to slow it down. Our offense was able to compensate for the first two sets, but it seemed like we ran out of gas halfway through the match and the Chargers took advantage. They battled hard for the entire night after losing one of their players to injury, so they should be proud of their win tonight.”
Statistical leaders for the Tigers were Lexie Lankow (25/25 serving, 9 aces, 12 kills) and Jenna Fabre (31 set assists).