The Brandon-Evansville Chargers pulled off a big road win in a Little Eight Conference match at Underwood on Thursday night, beating the Rockets 3-1 (25-16, 25-19, 16-25, 25-14).
“Tonight we wanted to continue to improve our play,” said B-E Head Coach Kelly Olson. “We wanted to focus tonight on defense, blocking and attacking their side of the net. Underwood is a really good team and they are well coached. If we gave an inch they are as efficient as anyone, and Emma Fitzgibbons can really break you down defensively. She is one of those players you have to be aware of at all times, she is that good. We were efficient with the ball and we played a great side out game tonight. We were a bit sloppy from the serving line, which we aren’t that happy about, but we did a wonderful job covering up our mistakes tonight. The sets we won all ran about the same. We sided out, picked up a lot of balls and we served just good enough to win. The second set was exactly opposite. It wasn’t that we played poorly, but our serve receive broke down and Underwood took advantage. We relaxed and they came alive. Going into that important third set the girls mentioned they needed to get back to what they do well, pass, cover, hit. Just make the game simple. Tonight that was the key. As a coach we like to take credit for a good team, but it was the girls, bench and floor that won this match.”
Leaders for the Chargers were Bailey Schaefer (20 kills, 1 block, 5 digs, 10/14 serving, 2 ace serves), Kailee Klimek (12 kills, 15/15 serving, 1 ace serve), Mikenna Pattrin (7 kills, 1 block), Madison Quinn (37 set assists, 5 kills, 1 block, 14/17 serving, 3 ace serves, 4 digs), Sara Jacobson (18/20 serving, 8 digs), Brittany Korkowski (10/12 serving) and Korrie Randt (12/13 serving, 1 ace serve).
“We got off to a poor start tonight and really struggled in the first two sets,” said Underwood Head Coach Diane Ross. “We found good energy in set 3, but couldn't maintain into the 4th set. Brandon was the better team tonight, they definitely found the target on our back. We look at every contest as a learning experience so we will work to improve. Morgan Evavold played an aggressive game defensively and Brook Hovland did a good job of attacking. Ally Johnson ended the night with 5 stuff blocks, so those were some bright spots. Emma Fitzgibbons was our lone 100% server tonight, going 16/16.”
The Rockets are 3-1 in the conference and 7-2 overall. They will face Barnesville next Monday.