Bobcats swept by Golden Eagles at home

Sean Welsh/Register: Libero Tessa Nelson serves an ace during the Bobcats’ 3-0 loss to Aberdeen Central on Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium. The Bobcats travel to Spearfish this weekend.

BROOKINGS – The Bobcats fell to Aberdeen Central in their annual “Dig Pink” match on Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

The Golden Eagles won by the set scores 25-17, 25-20, 25-22.

“We just played a little flat tonight, and that happens,” said BHS coach Tina Birgen, whose team had its two-match winning streak snapped. “Our schedule has been grueling – six matches in two weeks; and we’ve just been going five sets, four sets. It’s been a long road.

“We just couldn’t get things to go our way tonight.

“I thought our back row did a fabulous job. In the front row, we needed to connect a little bit better. And that happens – that happens at times, especially when you have tired legs.”

The Golden Eagles improved to 12-7.

Brooklyn Kusler led the way with 12 kills.

Grace Myhre dished out 21 set assists and Kayleigh Fauth came up with 13 digs.

The Bobcats dropped to 5-11.

Gracie Adamson and Landree Wilson recorded 10 and nine kills, respectively.

Brittany Birgen (17) and Mackenzie Weber (14) combined for 31 set assists.

Sydney Schneider notched 12 digs, with libero Tessa Nelson and Riley Weisbeck adding 10 apiece.

Nelson netted three aces and Kat Charging chipped in with a pair. Adamson and Haley Sampson logged blocks.

Brookings has a big weekend in Spearfish upcoming.

The ‘Cats take on the host Spartans, Douglas and Rapid City Central on Friday before facing Sturgis and Rapid City Stevens on Saturday.

“They’ll be good matches for us and we’re hoping to pull some wins off when we go out west,” said Birgen. “A couple of the teams have (improved) – Spearfish and Sturgis. But again, any team is beatable at anytime so we know we have to go out there and play our game and play smart and do the things that we’ve been starting to show progress of where we want our team to go. We just have to get it back again.”

Junior varsity – AC 18-25, 25-21, 15-11

Sophomore – AC 17-25, 28-26, 15-12

Freshman A – AC 25-20, 25-14

Freshman B – AC 25-23, 25-15


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