KERKHOVEN — Despite early runs and back-and-forth competition, the Belgrade-Brooten-Jaguars earned the prep volleyball sweep over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Monday.
The No. 7-ranked Jaguars managed to withstand the Fighting Saints’ early offensive power and the road atmosphere to win 25-21, 25-16, 25-13.
BBE junior Ava Mueller led the way with 17 kills.
The Fighting Saints put up a fight to start the match, limiting the Jaguars’ offense and exchanged leads throughout the early going.
KMS senior setter Grace Collins stole the show in the middle of the first set by recording her 1,000th career assist. The match was paused as teammates hugged Collins with fans also showing their support. The student section surprised Collins with the number 1,000 on t-shirts and posters such as ‘Congrats on the 1,000 assists’ were waved behind the KMS bench.
Collins finished the match with 21 assists.
Following the brief intermission, the Jaguars sunk their teeth into the defense of KMS and began to pull away with the lead and take it 25-21.
KMS started the second set on a hot streak by taking a 5-0 lead over BBE. The Jaguars answered by nearly going on a run that nearly saw them take a double-digit lead.
The Saints attempted to stay in the set, calling two timeouts near the end of the set, but eventually fell 25-16.
BBE closed out the night with a 25-13 win for the sweep.
BBE (7-5) travels to play Pine River-Backus at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
KMS (1-8) is host to Russell-Tyler-Ruthon at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Kerkhoven.
BBE 3, KMS 0
BBE (7-5) 25 25 25
KMS (1-8) 21 16 13
Serving (aces): Tayjah Marthaler 1, Kailey Fischer 3, Emily Kern 6, Ava Mueller 3 … Set assists: K. Fischer 26, Kern 3, Winter 1, Mueller 1, Dacia Szczesniak 1 … Hitting (kills): Kern 1, Allison Dingmann 2, Winter 1, Mueller 17, Paige Rupp 7, Brooklyn Fischer 1, Abby Berge 3 … Blocking (aces): K. Fischer 3, Dingmann 1/2, Rupp 1, B. Fischer 1, Berge 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Marthaler 8, K. Fischer 9, Kern 11, Winter 6
Serving (aces): Grace Collins 1, Josie Gjerde 2, Kelsey Butler 1 … Set assists: Collins 21 … Hitting (kills): Elsa Gjerde 1, Collins 1, J. Gjerde 1, Shakira Olson 7, Taylor Haats 5, Butler 1, Katie Klaphake 6, Eben Overcash 1 … Blocking (aces): Haats 1, Butler 1, Overcash 1 … Digs (5 or more): E. Gjerde 5, Karli Jensen 7