Bobcat volleyball goes 4-1 in tournament

Aaron Jorenby/Register: Brookings’ Morgan Linstad serves the ball during a match against Strugis in the East/West Tournament in Brookings on Friday.

BROOKINGS – After dropping its first match of the tournament, Brookings picked up four wins during the East/West Tournament held in Brookings and Watertown over the weekend.

Overall, coach Tina Bergen was pleased with the effort of her Bobcats despite letting the first game of the tournament get away from them.

“Our first match against Sturgis was a learning lesson for the team, and our girls now recognize that,” Bergen said. “The rest of the tournament we came back and competed and focused on the things we needed to do.”

In the five matches played on Friday and Saturday, service was a key factor for the Bobcats.

“We served more aggressively, and our serving percentage was up there which was a definite strength,” Bergen added.

But for a team saddled with injuries, ups still come with downs.

“It’s the inconsistencies we’ve got to work to capitalize on,” Bergen said. “I look for our team to be more efficient and put the ball away more efficiently, but we’re growing, we know we’ve got things to continue to work on.”

The Bobcats, now 8-11 on the year, travel to Sioux Falls tonight to take on undefeated Washington, the first of four straight matches against Sioux Falls public schools.

Brookings is back home against Lincoln on Thursday night.

Game 1

• Sturgis 2, Brookings 1 (18-25, 25-22, 27-25)

After winning the first set, Sturgis rallied to win sets two and three to defeat the Bobcats.

Landree Wilson and Gracie Adamson each posted nine kills and ten digs, while Tayla Dobrenski also had nine kills to go along with a pair of service aces.

Brookings logged seven aces for the match, with Adamson having three and Emily Harms adding the other two.

Harms also had 32 set assists and six digs.

Riley Weisbeck led the Bobcats with 11 digs defensively.

Game 2

• Brookings 2, Rapid City Stevens 0 (26-24, 25-20)

The Bobcats again registered seven aces in defeating the Raiders.

Adamson led the team with three aces and seven kills, while Wilson added six kills as part of the 19 total kills for Brookings.

Maya Erickson’s 11 digs were a team-high, and she also added eight digs defensively.

Game 3

• Brookings 2, Spearfish 0 (25-17, 25-8)

Adamson cracked double digits in kills with 11 as the Bobcats quickly put away the Spartans with 26 kills.

Wilson added six kills and Dobrenski posted four as Brookings hit .333 as a team in the match.

Harms’ 13 set assists were a team-high, while Erickson added eight assists and four digs.

Game 4

• Brookings 2, Rapid City Central 0 (25-21, 25-17)

Erickson and Weisbeck each tallied three services aces as the Bobcats totaled ten in the win over the Cobblers.

Adamson’s seven kills were a team-high, while Dobrenski and Sarah Gannon each posted four, and Wilson as well as Gracey Sheridan had three kills each.

Erickson and Harms combined for 20 of the Bobcats’ 21 set assists.

Adamson’s eight digs led the team, with Weisbeck adding seven and Wilson five.

Game 5

• Brookings 2, Douglas 0 (25-14, 28-26)

The Bobcats closed the tournament with a win over the Patriots.

Adamson posted a Brookings tournament-high 14 kills in the win, also adding 11 digs defensively and registering one block.

Dobrenski’s scored three of the Bobcats’ four aces, and she added four kills in the straight-set win.

Erickson (13) and Harms (11) combined for 24 of Brookings’ 27 set assists, with Erickson also coming up with 11 digs.



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