Brandywine dominates Bridgman

Published 9:38 am Friday, September 28, 2018

NILES — The Brandywine volleyball team continues to roll through its BCS Athletic Conference opponents.

The Bobcats swept visiting Bridgman 25-10, 25-8 and 25-10 Wednesday night.

“It was the best we’ve played all season,” said Brandywine coach Janet Markunas. “We’ve been really working on minimizing our unforced errors and that’s exactly what happened tonight. We were just really in sync tonight. In offense, defense, serving, and serve receive.”

Bethan Duval continues to enjoy a standout season as she finished with 16 kills, four blocks, nine digs and three aces.

Kylie Myer had four kills and six blocks, while Nicole Sachman had five kills, two blocks and 10 digs.

Megan Schmidt led the team with 20 digs, while Audrey Longley had 32 assists, three kills and five aces.

Brandywine is now 26-2 overall and 4-0 in the BCS Red Division.

The Bobcats will face a big test across town Monday night when they take on Niles, which was swept by No. 1-ranked Mattawan Wednesday in SMAC West Division play.

Niles volleyball

Top-ranked Mattawan swept the Vikings 25-18, 25-8 and 25-19.

“My team came into tonight with the mindset of battling to dominate a point and a single play at a time,” said Niles coach Jenny Nate. “Our goals at practice the past week were to communicate better, play with aggressive confidence, improve team chemistry, and bring more intense energy to the court. We accomplished that tonight. I’m incredibly proud of the way they battled the powerhouse and never let up.”

Abbie Harpenau led Niles with eight kills, while she also had four blocks.

Nikki Nate finished the match with four points, four kills, two blocks and nine digs.

Grace Florkowski led the Vikings with 11 digs. Emelyn Tucker had five assists and seven digs.

Bianca Pickens had seven assists, five points and two blocks.

Buchanan volleyball

Buchanan was swept by Parchment in BCS Athletic Conference action Wednesday night.

The Panthers defeated the Bucks 27-25, 25-23 and 25-21 in a competitive match.

Megan Adkerson had 13 kills and eight digs for Buchanan, which also got five kills, 12 digs and 10 assists from Katie Schau.