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BDS Spikers Now 16-4 On Year

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley went 2-2 in volleyball action last week.  The 16-4 Eagles (No. 3 in wildcard points in Class D-1) opened the week with a pair of victories in a triangular in Brainard before dropping a pair of contests at home on Saturday.
BDS lost matches against Heartland, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 and Friend 19-25, 26-24, 25-22 on October 9 in Shickley.  The two opponents were no slouches, as the Huskies are 16-7 and the Bulldogs are 13-6 in Class D-1.
"Heartland and Friend walked into the Shickley Gym and played very well," BDS coach Kari Jo Alfs said.  "They served and hit very aggressively and were able to pick up a lot of our hits.  We came out and played a little too conservative and didn't step up and play to our full potential.  A lot of girls had a lot of nice plays, but unfortunately we didn't do that consecutively."
The Eagles will play a pair of conference foes on Tuesday night in McCool Junction before beginning Crossroads Conference (CRC) Tournament play on Saturday.  The No. 2-seeded Eagles will begin CRC play on October 17 against the Dorchester/Cross County winner at 2 p.m.  A win in this match will have BDS, more than likely, playing third-seeded Hampton on Monday at 7:30 p.m., at the York City Auditorium.
Last Tuesday, BDS defeated Osceola 25-9, 21-25, 25-13 and East Butler 27-25. 25-17.
Catherine Mick hammered 16 kills in the win against Osceola and Carley Elznic added 12 terminations.  McKenna Schardt pounded four kills and both Megan Grote and Tristen Mosier smacked two kills.  Madison Yantzie posted 15 assists and Courtney Kamler added nine.
Elznic belted two ace serves and Grote drilled one.  Elznic also paced the defense with 16 digs and Jadyn Kleinschmidt came up with 14.  Mick, Schardt and Mosier all posted two ace blocks in the win.
Mick thumped seven kills in the win against East Butler and Elznic added six kills.  Schardt also tallied a pair of terminations.  Kamler tallied eight ace sets and Yantzie had seven.  Schardt drilled two ace serves and Elznic, Kleinschmidt and Yantzie all belted one.
Brice Ardissono recorded five blocks (two aces) in the victory and Schardt had a dozen blocks (four aces).
"We made the long road trip to Brainard on Tuesday," Alfs said.  "We did a nice job of serving consistently—missing just a few serves in both games.  Serve receiving was a big key for both matches.  We have been serve-receiving very well this year and once again, the girls stepped up.  These games posed a few challenges as both teams were scrappy and didn't let a lot of balls hit the floor."