Browerville-Eagle Valley pounded down 53 kills in a 3-2 win over Nevis in a battle between two of the top Section 5A teams at the Tiger Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
B-EV overcame 38 hitting errors in the 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 14-25, 15-12 victory.
Kills by Makenna Frazier, Kayli Bessler and Ava Isaacson gave Nevis a 9-4 lead in Set 1 before an ace serve by Isaacson and a kill by Bessler made it 14-6. After B-EV rallied to take a 20-17 lead, Isaacson served an ace and joined Marley Mitchell, Mya Stacey and Addison Lindow with kills as Nevis took the opening set.
The Tigers trailed 5-0 to start Set 2 before four kills by Frazier, two kills by Lindow, and kills by Stacey, Bessler and Mitchell closed the gap to 16-14. Lindow’s kill was followed by Isaacson’s ace serve and two kills by Frazier as Nevis stayed within 23-22 before B-EV evened the match.
Ace serves by Bessler and Stacey along with kills by Frazier and Isaacson gave Nevis a 7-2 lead in Set 3 while two more kills by Frazier and kills by Mitchell and Isaacson made it 18-15. B-EV went on a 10-3 run to win the set. Bessler had two kills for Nevis during that stretch.
After four kills by Frazier and kills by Lindow and Bessler sparked the Tigers to an 11-6 edge in Set 4, three kills by Bessler and a kill by Lindow pushed the lead to 16-8. A kill by Mitchell was followed by two kills and a block by Bessler as Nevis forced a deciding set.
Lindow’s ace serve, two kills by Frazier and kills by Mitchell and Bessler led the Tigers to a 7-7 tie in Set 4 before B-EV took control with an 8-5 run to earn the win.
Frazier (15) and Bessler (14) combined for 29 of the Tigers’ 46 kills with Stacey setting up 41 kills. Nevis finished with 31 hitting errors. Defensively, Bessler and Mitchell played a role in five blocks each while Stacey (22), Isaacson (19), Lindow (18), Maggie Carrier (17) and Frazier (14) had double figures in digs. The loss dropped Nevis to 6-2 against section foes and 17-6 overall.
Lauren Schnettler had 18 kills, Anna Myers had 11 kills and Leona May had 31 digs as B-EV improved to 10-0 against Section 5A opponents and 20-2 overall despite having 38 hitting errors.