Lynx sweep Bobcats

Sean Welsh/Register: Brookings’ Brittany Birgen (20) and Johanna Miller (22) team to block Brandon Valley’s Bella Steffel during the second set of the Bobcats’ 3-0 loss to the Lynx on Thursday night at the BHS Auxiliary Gymnasium.

BROOKINGS – The Bobcats were swept by Brandon Valley in their home-opening volleyball match Thursday night at the BHS Auxiliary Gymnasium.

The Lynx won by the set scores of 25-10, 25-13 and 25-19.

“We started flat – we were a little nervous, a little anxious – and as the night went on I thought we found our groove,” said first-year BHS coach Tina Birgen. “By the end the night, I was pleased with how we played.

“It wasn’t the outcome, of course, that we wanted; it wasn’t the outcome that we were anticipating. But, again, I was pleased that they finished strong and gave me the best that they could.”

The Lynx rattled off nine consecutive points with Brooklyn Grage at the service line to grab a 19-7 advantage in the opening set.

The visitors opened up a 9-1 lead in Set 2. Brookings hung around, before Brandon Valley pulled away late.

The third set was the most competitive of the night.

Tied at 12, the Lynx scored eight of the next nine points. The Bobcats later pulled within 23-19 but that would be as close as they’d get.

Grage finished with six kills and four ace serves for Brandon Valley (5-2). Bella Stensrud totaled seven kills and Morgan Hunt recorded five blocks.

Avery Myers (13) and Kaija Mork (12) combined for 25 set assists. Ella Simonson came up with 12 digs.

Johanna Miller led Brookings, tallying eight kills, two service aces and a pair of blocks.

Regan Weisbeck also had eight kills.

Riley Weisbeck and Molly Steffensen both notched nine digs.

Brookings (1-5) returns to action with a match at Watertown on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“We’re continuing to work on our serve-receive,” Birgen said when asked what the keys were moving forward. “We have to get more efficient with our hitting. Our serving has typically been something that’s been a strength for us – we didn’t execute as much on our serving as I would have liked to tonight. It wasn’t a poor thing by any means but it was something that we’d like to improve upon.”

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