by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River’s volleyball season ended in its first sectional game with a loss to Andover at home on Tuesday evening.The Huskies prevailed 25-18, 21-25, 26-24, 25-21.
The Elks were bogged down by 31 hitting errors, against 37 kills. Geneva Kachinske had 10 kills, Abi Scheid six, and Sidney Wentland, Kelly Kolles and Kennedy Strain five each.
“Volleyball is a game of errors, and we made some mistakes,” said Elk coach Theresa Brummer. “It is what it is. We came ready to play and we were prepared, and it doesn’t always come together.”
Becca Brummer had 19 digs and Owens made 24 assists.
The Elks had beaten Andover (6-22) in five games on Oct. 1.
Andover won the rematch with an attack led by Amanda Hayko with 11 kills and Allison Weiss 10. Hannah Peterson notched 31 digs and Madison Hahn 23, and each served two aces. Rachel Brudeur had three aces.
The Elks served 81-for-88 with 12 aces, led by Gabbi Haack, who was 10-for-10 with four aces. The freshman served the last three points of the game two win, capped by an ace inside the back line. Kaitlyn Pearson was 24-for-24 with three aces. Ellie Engstrom and Kelsey Owens had two aces each.
The Elks finished 10-18, playing mostly in a conference which Brummer regards as “one of the toughest in the state.” They had all first-year varsity players except for junior Kennedy Strain.
“I’m proud of our players, and proud of the senior leadership we have,” said Brummer, referring to captains Owens and Becca Brummer, along with Kolles, Alix Zierden, and Kayla Grimm. “Their leadership shows in the culture we have been building in our gym. They’ve shown the younger kids that this is what Elk River volleyball is going to be like in years to come.”