BV spikers notch 5th straight ESD victory
October 15. 2013 3:16PM
The Lady Lynx won their fifth consecutive ESD Conference match, this time handing visiting Aberdeen Central a 3-1 setback Saturday afternoon.
“This group plays well together and I think that shows on the court,” said Lynx head coach Lindsey Smith. “In any sport you have to have a level of respect for each other and believe in each other no matter what differences you have off the court. These girls are able to do that, and that is the difference from this year to years in the past.”
The Lynx took the first, third and fourth sets 25-15, 25-22, 25-20 and lost the second, 19-25, en route to improving to 7-4 on the season.
Smith said the team’s win streak is somewhat due to its senior leadership.
“I commend my seniors for their leadership and hard work. They have set the tone in the gym each and every practice, and the younger girls have to learn that is what it takes to win,” Smith said.
Sophomore Hannah Paauw and senior Briana Grage led Brandon Valley’s net attack, issuing 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
Lexi Hoover provided 39 set assists.
Libero Taylor Murtha led the Lady Lynx in digs with 41.
In guarding the net for the Lynx, Paauw generated two solo blocks and one assist.
The Golden Eagles had 40 kills on the day – most coming in the final three sets of the match – but could not overcome a determined Brandon Valley squad.
Brianna Kusler and Kendall McDaniel had nine kills apiece for Aberdeen Central, which had just six service aces on the day, a usual strong point for the Golden Eagles.
McDaniel also shared the team lead in digs with libero Meggie Hanson. Both players tallied 18, accounting for 36 of the team’s 67 defensive digs.
With the loss Central falls to 9-3 overall.
The Lynx travel to neighboring Sioux Falls Lincoln Thursday and next Monday host the Mitchell Kernels. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. starts.
Now sporting a 7-4 record, Smith is optimistic the girls will continue to add notches to the win column.
“I think the girls are working really hard each day, and I am very proud of their hard work and believing in themselves,” she said. “As a coach that is my job to continue to challenge and push them each day, and these girls have been up for the challenge. I want them to keep working hard, and walk into each game knowing they can win if they work together and if they stick to our game plan. … It’s been fun, and I hope we continue to improve and step up the new challenge of every game.”