Brandon Valley drops Brookings in four sets

Sean Welsh/Register: Brookings senior Brittany Birgen (10) sets up a teammate during the Bobcats’ 3-1 loss to Brandon Valley on Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

BROOKINGS – Brandon Valley defeated Brookings 29-27, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20 in volleyball action Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

The Lynx improved to 10-3.

“There were moments where we came out and we played phenomenally and there were moments that we just got caught on our heels,” said BHS coach Tina Birgen. “As a team, we’re growing and improving and that’s our goal every day when we come out on the court.”

The Lynx’s Brooklyn Gage recorded a kill and Liz Kopp netted a service ace to close out a back-and-forth opening set. The visitors controlled Set 2 throughout.

In the third, the hosts raced out to a 14-6 advantage. BV cut the deficit to 18-16 but it was all Brookings down the stretch, with Landree Wilson ending the stanza with a kill.

The Lynx scored 17 of the first 23 points in Set 4 en route to the match victory. The ‘Cats got as close as 23-20.

Grage finished with 14 kills. Kopp dished out 32 set assists and picked up a trio of aces. Taylor Stemen came up with 24 digs and Grage contributed 19.

The Bobcats’ Kat Charging finished with 14 kills and Haley Sampson added nine.

Brittany Birgen (25) and Mackenzie Weber (17) combined for 42 set assists.

Tayla Dobrenski recorded four blocks and Tessa Nelson notched three aces

Nelson and Sydney Schneider paced the defense with 19 and 18 digs, respectively.

Brookings (3-10) has a busy stretch to close out the regular season, with its next action coming at Madison on Thursday.

In addition to consistency, Birgen noted a couple other keys moving forward.

“Do our part when we’re out there,” she added. “I thought back-row defense for the most part as a team we did a fabulous job on that tonight.

“We have to connect a little bit more on offense – getting our offense going a little bit more. And that comes; it comes with time.

“Serve-receive has been a goal that we’ve worked on a lot, so that’s improved. Like I said, I thought our back row was great tonight.”

Junior varsity – BV 21-25, 25-19, 15-9

Sophomore – B 25-16, 25-19

Freshman A – B 25-18, 21-25, 15-12

Freshman B – B 25-18, 25-23

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