Braham earned its first volleyball conference championship since 1998 after defeating visiting Pine City 25-12, 25-19, 25-20 Oct. 24. The win had the Bombers tying Rush City for the 2011 crown.
Stat leaders against the Dragons: Becca Dahlman- 13 kills, 7 digs; Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow- 8 kills 8 digs; Kayla White- 3 aces, 7 digs; Sara Tomlinson- 7 kills, 3 digs; Kayla Nickles- 3 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces.
“After losing the majority of our starting lineup last year, I am really proud of the girls for stepping up to the challenge. This group gained confidence in each other and themselves with each match they played,” exuded Bomber Coach Britne Engelking.
Bombers No. 3 seed for playoffs
Braham was seeded No. 3 in the Section 5A East A Division, giving the Bombers (16-9) a home game on Thursday, Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) against No. 6 Barnum (3-18). The winner advances to take on host No. 2 East Central (15-4) on Friday, Oct. 28 (7 p.m.).
“Both Barnum and EC beat us this season. We know we did not have our best nights when we played either of these teams,” projected Coach Engelking. “Barnum and East Central are both very scrappy. Barnum has one big middle hitter whereas East Central has two big hitters. It will be an advantage if we can keep the ball in play and really run our offense when those big hitters are in the back row.”
The East semifinals will be Tuesday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) at the high surviving seeds. Rush City (19-4) is the top seed in Braham’s half of the brackets; the Tigers first game will be against either No. 4 McGregor (12-10) or No. 5 Ogilvie (7-13).
In the 5A East B Division, Nevis (19-9) is the top seed, followed by Onamia (16-10), Pine River-Backus (12-10) and Pillager (6-18).
FINAL: Braham 7-1, 17-9; Rush City 7-1, 19-4; East Central 6-2, 18-4; Onamia 6-2, 15-9; Aitkin 4-4, 4-15; Pine City 3-5, 7-15; Ogilvie 2-6, 6-11; Isle 2-6, 6-16; Hinckley-Fin. 0-8, 1-20.
Section 5A leaders: Belgrade-BE 22-7; Upsala 28-2; R. City 19-4; Sebeka 19-7; Nevis 19-9; E.Central 18-4, Braham 17-9.