BV comes from behind to post 3-1 ESD win
Stensrud was 'go-to' player
October 01. 2013 10:47AM
Call them the “comeback queens,” if you will.
And that’s just what the Lady Lynx volleyball team did in Tuesday night’s homecoming match against the visiting Yankton Gazelles.
“I thought the girls did a good job of coming back and not giving up on the game, although I hate to see them dig a hole like that, because in volleyball it’s to hard to get out of,” said Lynx head coach Lindsey Smith.
The Lady Lynx battled back from a double-digit point deficit in the opening set, only to see their efforts come up short in the 25-23 loss. The Lady Lynx then reeled off the next two sets – 25-20, 25-18 – to set the stage for a fourth session with the Gazelles.
Brandon Valley fell behind early in that game but never gave up, as once again they battled back to put themselves in position to pull off the match in four.
And that’s just what the Lady Lynx did, as they traded shots with the Gazelles to a 28-26 finish.
Senior Hannah Stensrud proved to be the go-to player Smith has been looking for since the season’s start. She pounded 15 kills at the Yankton defense, with the large majority of those coming in the fourth set.
“Hannah really stepped up and was a go-to player that we have been searching for at the end of the game when we needed someone most,” Smith said. “I was very proud of her to take the risks and not be scared to get out there and win the game”
Smith also had high praise for middle hitters, Elsie Zajicek and Hannah Paauw.
“I thought our middles played well. Both Elsie, who is our kill leader, and Hannah played well tonight on the offensive end, which was a nice addition to the team tonight,” she said.
Brandon Valley’s net attack was led by Zajicek’s 18 kills.
Brandon Valley’s back row play was largely led by dig leaders Briana Grage with 26 and Stensrud, who had 21.
Zajicek also did her best to stop Yankton’s force at the net, Becky Frick, who had 16 kills on the night. Zajicek had a pair of solo blocks and two assisted blocks in the effort.
Lexi Hoover provided 49 set assists.
“Of course, our rocks (Taylor) Murtha and (Lexi) Hoover played consistent and under control, being the leaders on the floor I need them to be, as they have the most experience on the floor, keeping everyone excited and under control,” Smith said.
Frick also contributed 15 digs and three ace serves for Yankton. Teammate Emily Bos had 10 kills. Paige Thieman posted 37 set assists, four ace serves and 11 digs, while Haley Mines had 21 digs.
“Overall I am happy we won,” Smith said. “At this point that is what we need and what our goal is to keep winning and improving to districts.”
The 3-4 Lynx travel to Harrisburg Thursday and will host the Brookings Bobcats next Tuesday, Oct. 1.