Volleyball: Centennial fends off Elks 3-1

Nissa Johnson (7) got this hit through a double block for a kill. The Cougar blockers were xxxx. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Nissa Johnson (24) got this hit through a double block for a kill. The Cougar blockers were Olivia Jensen (20) and Allie Billeadeau (6). (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Elk River volleyball is still looking for its first win after falling 3-1 to Centennial at home in the conference opener on Tuesday evening.

Centennial emerged with a 25-13, 10-25, 25-22, 25-18 decision.

Geneva Kachinski (7) of the Elks spiked against Centennial's Jill Conrad (15) and xxxx. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Geneva Kachinski (7) of the Elks spiked against Centennial’s Jill Conrad (15) and Katy Farmerie (7). (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Elks (0-3) served pretty well, 70-for-74 with 16 aces, but made 29 hitting errors against 33 kills, and had trouble blocking the Cougars.

Kaitlyn Pearson served four aces for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Kaitlyn Pearson served four aces for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“Centennial is a tough veteran squad,” said coach Theresa Brummer.  “Do not define us at this time by our record– we are in the process of building something different for Elk River volleyball.  We are working on the ability to use all players in our deep bench — there is a wealth of talent that is finding their comfort zone on the court.”

Geneva Kachinske notched nine kills, Sydney Wentland eight, and Kennedy Strain five. Kelsey Owens made 28 saves and Becca Brummer 15 digs. Olson served 13-for-13 with four aces and Kaitlyn Pearson 21-for-22 with four aces.

“I am proud of our Seniors and their ability to embrace and lead our young players.  Keep the faith there is a great deal of good to come,” said Brummer.

The Elks (2-2) will play at Anoka next Tuesday.

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