BV takes down Yankton in 4

Jill Meier, Journal editor
Jill Meier/BV Journal 
Liz Kopp digs up a ball to keep the play alive during Brandon Valley’s 3-1 victory over Yankton last week.
Brandon Valley’s volleyball program made big strides on their home court last week, where all levels of of the Lynx volleyball program sent the Yankton Gazelles home with losses.
The varsity handled Yankton in four sets, the JV claimed a 2-1 victory, and the sophomore and freshmen A and B teams all turned in 2-0 performances.
“It was a sweep – all three,” said assistant coach Coty McGuire. “That’s huge for Brandon Valley volleyball.”
Mixing up the lineup due to the noticeable absence of Brooklyn Grage on Thursday, the Lady Lynx claimed victory in sets one, two and the match-deciding fourth set by scores of 25-18, 25-12 and 25-14. Yankton gained life by winning the third set, 25-19.
“The girls that came in and took on some different roles came ready to play and did an awesome job stepping up,” Coach Grage said.
There were several areas of their game the Lady Lynx shone bright.
“We did a great job in serve receive, which kept us in system, and so we were able to run our routes,” Grage said. “And as we went through the match, we were mixing up the shots a little bit more and hitting the open spots on the court. We also served very aggressive tonight, which was good for us.”
Grage credit’s Yankton’s spark in the third set to their run of serve receives.
“We just kind of lost focus for a little bit in the middle there, took a little break, but I was happy how they came back and took control of the fourth set,” she said.
Four players combined for 36 kills. Taylor Stemen fired 10, while Josey Wickersham and Morgan Humt both had nine to their credit. Liz Kopp aided with eight.
On the other side of the ball, BV recorded three solo blocks.
Stemen was also a factor in BV’s back row stats, where she came up with 19 digs. Abby Finch had 21 digs to her credit in addition to a trio of ace serves.
Kazi Ellingson and Kopp both had a pair of aces. Kopp also put up 22 set assists, while Jenna Stengel provided 18.
For Yankton (1-8), Chloe McDermott and Britta Pietila had seven and five kills, respectively. Jordynn Salvatori recorded 34 digs and had a trio of solo blocks. Tatum Hohenthaner had a hand on 28 digs, while Jillian Schulte put up 16 set assists. McDermott also contributed two ace serves.
The 4-2 (3-0 ESD) Lady Lynx host top-seeded O’Gorman at 7 p.m. Thursday.


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