Pivotal GRC matches this week for Bomber Volleyball vs. Aitkin, Onamia

After hosting its annual Bomber Invite last Saturday, Braham volleyball is dialed in for two huge matches on the Great River scene over the next stretch.

This Thursday for “Dig Pink” night in the Braham gym, the Bombers host Aitkin; the Gobblers just handed Onamia its first loss on the GRC schedule Oct. 9. The Bombers then head to Onamia Oct. 15 for the one-time meeting with the Panthers where the whirl-wind conference race may be settled.

Braham went 0-3 in the Bomber, Invite but Coach Britne Engelking placed her squad in challenging pairings to ready her team for the final stretch.

“We had an extremely tough pool set up for our home tourney. It was great for us to get a chance to play some larger schools,” noted Coach Engelking. “We did not pull out any match wins, but wewere able to take a set from St. Cloud Apollo, who ended up taking 2nd at the tourney. Albany took 1st, and Kimball was 3rd.”

Match scores were: vs. Apollo– 22-25, 25-18, 15-8; vs. Kimball 25-16, 25-16; vs. Zimmerman 25-21, 25-18. Sara Tomlinson led the Bombers with 15 kills over the matches, and Carley Lynch totaled 41 assists. Dani Braund added 11 kills, and Kayla Nickles had 8 kills.

• On Oct. 9, Braham swept East Central 25-18, 25-21, 25-23 to stay perfect at 9-0 in the GRC.

Bomber leaders against the Eagles: Lynch– 13 digs, 22 assists, 3 aces; Nickles– 13 digs, 8 kills; Tomlinson– 16 digs, 6 kills; Braund– 11 digs, 5 kills; Alyssa Thom– 3 aces; Angie Bendickson– 4 digs, 4 kills.

GRC Volleyball

Braham 9-0, 13-4; Onamia 8-1, 14-5; Aitkin 8-1, 12-5; Rush City 7-3, 11-9; Isle 3-6, 5-14; East Central 3-7 7-9; Hinckley-Fin. 3-7, 5-15; Pine City 2-8, 4-15; Ogilvie 0-10, 1-16