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BV spikers collect 3-1 road win against Tigers
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

October 01. 2013 11:54AM
For the first time in a number of seasons, Brandon Valley has a winning record: 5-4.
The Lady Lynx improved that number Thursday night with a four-game road win at Harrisburg. Brandon Valley won 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-23.

“The game against Harrisburg was another good win for our team. But it shows you that all the teams are getting better and it is up to whatever team wants it more to step out on the court and earn their wins,” said Lynx head coach Lindsey Smith.

The Lady Lynx powered to a 25-18 win in the opening set. After suffering a 19-25 loss in the second due to a “small lapse of energy and focus,” the girls regrouped to pull off the next two to make it an early night. “I am happy the girls are stepping up and we are getting better each game,” Smith said.

Elsie Zajicek and Hannah Stensrud each had 12 kills to pace Brandon Valley’s net attack.

Lexi Hoover provided 36 set assists and had 20 digs. Taylor Murtha had 21 digs and four aces in the win. Briana Grage also had 20 digs to her credit, while Zajicek had one assisted and one solo block.

For Harrisburg (3-7), Hailey Axtell had 15 kills and Haley Bruggeman had 12. Karli O’Connor offered 32 set assists. Jordan Beiswanger had 21 digs and Axtell had 19.

To continue to add notches to the win column, Smith said the girls need to improve on errors and take better care of the ball. “If our blocking can improve I think we will be an even stronger team. We are not taking any team lightly and we want to take care of our side of the net,” she said.

Smith credits some of the team’s success to strong senior leadership this season.

“I am so proud of my seniors as they have really stepped up this year,” she said.
“Being great positive leaders on and off the court. There is no drama with the players, and they have been a really good group of girls to work with.”

Brandon Valley continues their ESD Conference schedule with a 2:30 p.m. home match against Aberdeen Central this Saturday, and are then on break until Oct. 10, when they play a road match at Sioux Falls Roosevelt.

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