BROOTEN — Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa swiftly advanced to the quarterfinals of the Section 6A volleyball tournament with a sweep of Benson on Wednesday.
The Jaguars seemed to be clicking on all cylinders against the Braves, limiting their errors and making good use of each scoring possibility, winning the match 25-10, 25-9, 25-8.
“Our girls are finding their rhythm and it’s the perfect time to do that,” BBE coach Tiffany Breitbach said. “Their hits and serves were phenomenal tonight and both of those things were goals for this team.”
BBE (21-7) plays Parkers Prairie at 7 p.m. Friday at the BBE Elementary School in Brooten. Parkers Prairie, the fifth seed in the South, advanced with a 25-23, 23-25, 27-25, 17-25, 15-12 victory over No. 4 Brandon-Evansville.
Benson ends its season with a 6-23 record.
WIth a home-court advantage and a packed house, including a full student section, the Jaguars were determined to not let up against the Braves.
“We just sat down and reminded them of the goals that they’ve had all season,” Breitbach said regarding the pre-game discussion. “They had the goal of being conference champions. They did that. Now they’re focused on being section champions and hoping to battle for a state championship.”
The Jaguars locked down the front of the net, forcing Benson to make difficult scoring plays, resulting in errors. BBE, meanwhile, converted its scoring opportunities.
The Jaguars took the first set 25-10, the closest set of the night.
BBE quickly took control of the second set with a 15-5 lead, resulting in a timeout. The Jaguars continued their run following the timeout to take a 19-7 lead and eventually a 25-9 win.
BBE played arguably its best volleyball in the third set, starting with a 10-0 run and taking a 17-2 lead.
Benson had its largest run of the match near the end, scoring five straight points, forcing BBE to call a timeout with a 19-8 lead.
The Jaguars finished with a six-point run to take the 25-8 win.
Breitbach says BBE is prepared for what could be a close match Friday.
“They’re not going to roll over for us,” she said. “We’ve got to control the match. If we control the match like we did tonight, limiting our turnovers and taking advantage of our offense, we’ll be in a good position to advance.”
BBE 3, Benson 0
Benson (6-23) 10 9 8
BBE (21-7) 25 25 25
Serving (aces): Libby McGeary 1, Lilly Slaughter 1 … Set assists: Adysen Himley 11 … Hitting (kills): Slaughter 5, Kyra Gronseth 3, Ellie Krusemark 1, Isabella Wolter 1, Kaylin Grube 1 … Blocking (aces): Himley 1, Ellie Krusemark 1, Grube 1 … Digs (5 or more): McGeary 7, Wolter 6, Himley 5, Emma Krusemark 5.
Serving (aces): Emily Kern 3, Ava Mueller 2, Brooklyn Fischer 2, Paige Rupp 2, Kylie Winter 1 … Set assists: Kailey Fischer 31, Emily Kern 1, Mueller 1 … Hitting (kills): Mueller 12, B. Fischer 9, Abby Berge 8, Rupp 7, Allison Dingmann 3, K. Fischer 1, Winter 1 … Blocking (aces): B. Fischer 2, Berge 2 … Digs (5 or more): Kern 13, Winter 9.
Wheaton/H-N 3, KMS 0
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross was able to avenge a loss to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in the regular season, sweeping the Fighting Saints in the Section 6A-South quarterfinals at Wheaton.
The Warriors won the match 28-26, 25-20, 25-19.
In their previous matchup, KMS knocked off Wheaton/H-N in three sets in the Underwood invitational on Oct. 21.
On Wednesday, Julia Carlson led the Fighting Saints with 10 kills along with two ace serves. Setter Grace Collins had 29 assists and five digs. Shakira Olson finished with seven kills and a pair of ace blocks.
The Warriors will take on No. 6 seed Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Friday in Wheaton. The Wolverines advanced on Wednesday following a four-set win over No. 3 seed Hancock.
The Fighting Saints conclude the season with an 8-21 record.