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Lady Lynx defense key in 3-1 ESD volleyball win
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

October 15. 2013 3:17PM
The Lady Lynx utilized their team strength – defense – to pull off a 3-1 victory over Brookings in ESD Conference volleyball action Tuesday in Brandon.

Brandon Valley won 25-18, 25-13, 19-25, 25-17.

“Defense is our strength and we are going to continue to build our offense through the defense,” Smith said. “I know at times the fans may not get that huge hit from us, but that is not our game so the girls are really working on what will help us win. We know that it is more fun to watch big hitters getting up and slamming the ball down, but that is not this team’s way of winning.”

Brandon Valley’s defensive effort was led by a trio of seniors: Taylor Murtha, Hannah Stensrud and Brooke Becker.

Murtha and Stensrud registered 32 and 20 digs, respectively, while Becker had a pair of assisted blocks.

Stensrud was a team leader on offense as well, hammering a dozen kills at the Bobcats.

Senior Lexi Hoover had 39 set assists in the four-game match win.

“The girls are playing really hard and I am very proud of them,” Smith said. “They are playing as a team, which is fun to watch and coach. They know they have to work together in order to be successful on the court.”

And that’s something previous Brandon Valley teams have struggled with, Smith said. “The girls have learned that and don’t want to repeat the cycle.”

For Brookings (2-9), Alyssa Tvedt had seven kills and sister Sarah Tvedt had eight kills and four blocks. Hannah Steward had 15 digs. Both Jenna Thomas and Ally Milton contributed 12 assists; Milton also had 10 digs in the ESD Conference match.
Now just over the midway point of the season, Smith said the Lynx will continue to work to improve to see how they stand up against teams the second time around. “I hope we can be consistent and focused to get the wins and push through the games we go five in,” she said “I am very pleased and proud of the efforts from everyone but we are only as good as our weakest link including in practice.

Smith said the JV team continues to push the varsity squad to “keep working and get better, not to stay where they are at, and be happy with it.”

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