Bobcats rally to win home finale

Andrew Holtan/Register: Brookings’ Landree Wilson hits the ball during a match against Harrisburg on Monday night at the BHS Auxiliary Gymnasium. The Bobcats won their home finale 3-2.

BROOKINGS – The Bobcats came from down 2-0 to defeat Harrisburg 3-2 Monday night.

Brookings trailed 11-5 in the final set and went on a 6-0 run to tie the game. It was then down 13-11 and won the final four points to take the match.

“It feels great,” Brookings head coach Tina Birgen said. “These girls came out, knowing it was senior night, and played with a lot of Bobcat heart. Which is what has been our theme all year long. I’m just so proud of them.”

Harrisburg took the first two sets 25-21 and 25-22. Birgen said she told her team to stay focused before the third set.

“They did a super job of finding the block tonight. Our back row was flying all over the place. More than anything tonight, our whole talk was focus on the game and stay mentally engaged,” Birgen said.

Brookings did get focused and won the third set 25-23 and took that momentum to win the fourth set 25-14.

“That’s the game of volleyball. It’s all about momentum and we took advantage when we got the momentum and kept it going. We played aggressive and it was a lot of fun,” Birgen said.

The Bobcats were led by Regan Weisbeck who had 13 kills. Landree Wilson had nine kills and five blocks. Brittany Birgen led Brookings with 37 assists and Molly Steffensen had a team-high 25 digs. Kat Charging had 11 kills and Johanna Miller had nine kills and three blocks.

Abby Meister led the Tigers (13-9) with 19 kills. Abrielle Carolan had a team-high 22 assists and Mercedes Corvig had 19. Hallie Mertz had 14 kills.

The Bobcats (9-17) close out the regular at Sioux Falls Washington on Thursday and then will begin the playoffs next week.

“You never want to overlook any team when it comes to postseason play and I feel like we’re peaking at the right time,” Birgen said.

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