Braham further prepared itself for a big final stretch to the Great River schedule by hosting its annual Bomber Invitational on Saturday. The Bombers swept all its games in pool play before falling to Albany in the title match.
Braham opened action in the morning with a 25-11, 25-18 win over Barnum. Carley Lynch set up 20 assists and had 3 ace serves in the match. Angie Bendickson led the squad with 9 kills against the northern Bombers, with Kaylie Paitl adding 5 kills and Kayla Nickles pounding 6 ace serves.
The second match had Braham downing Kimball 25-16, 25-23. Leading in kills against the Cubs were Nickles (7), Bendickson (6) and Paitl (5). Nickles also led with 20 digs, and Lynch added 19 more assists.
The final pool action saw the Bombers knocking off Zimmerman 25-16, 25-19. Paitl and Nickles both registered 6 kills, with Bendickson adding 4 kills and Nicole Bacon 3 kills. Nickles finished with 9 digs against the Thunder, and Lynch had 15 assists.
The Huskies came through undefeated from the other pool half, and they took the trophy with a 25-21, 25-11 win over Braham in the afternoon finals.
“We played very well in the first set, but we could not get a touch on the block in the second set, so it was very tough to play with them,” said Bomber Coach Britne Engelking. “Eighth-grader Amelia Fiedler played out of her mind in the back row, picking up some incredible digs and finishing with 15 against the Huskies.”
Lynch added 10 assists and 8 digs in the finals, and Paitl led Braham with 5 kills.
Braham 3, Hinckley-Fin. 0
The Bombers had to fight to stay undefeated in GRC play, but they pulled out a 25-20, 21-25, 25-99, 25-20 win at Hinckley Oct. 3.
“Hinckley played much better this time around. They were able to handle our serves and really gave everything they had in this match,” noted Coach Engelking.
Lynch set up the attack with 45 assists and also added 6 kills against the Jaguars. Nickles and Paitl again led at the net with 15 and 13 kills, and Bendickson chipped in 10 kills. Fiedler contributed 12 digs and 2 ace serves in the victory.
• The Bombers will travel to Aitkin for a huge match on Oct. 10 with the Great River lead at stake. The Gobblers took their first conference loss of the season 3-2 to Onamia Oct. 8. Braham will wrap up the GRC schedule with an Oct. 15 home match against Pine City.
Great River Volleyball: Braham 9-0, 17-5; Aitkin 8-1, 14-4; Onamia 7-2, 13-7; Rush City 7-3, 11-8; Isle 2-6, 3-13; Ogilvie 2-7, 4-13; East Central 2-7, 3-16; Pine City 2-8, 3-16; Hinckley-Fin. 2-8, 3-16.