Mikaela Chandler pounded down 11 kills and six blocks as the Brainerd Warriors closed out their regular season with a 3-2 win over the Rocori Spartans in a Central Lakes Conference match Tuesday night at Brainerd High School.
Jenna Degen added five ace serves and 15 set assists while Courtney Ryan added nine kills for the Warriors, who beat Rocori by the same score Sept. 13 at Cold Spring.
“Being our last game of the regular season, it was great to see our seniors step up,” said Brainerd coach Jared Diem, who cited “Hannah Kangas’ serving (three aces), Courtney Ryan’s serve receiving (10 digs) and Taylor Johnshoy’s clutch hitting (six kills), but especially Mikaela Chandler. Tonight, she was a monster, offensively and defensively.
“We had lots of hustle tonight and that ‘do-or-die’ attitude that we’ve struggled with this season. Finishing with this gives us extra confidence going into the sections.”
Diem added that the team’s thoughts and prayers were with Tedi Ramberg, who is undergoing knee surgery Wednesday and expressed his gratitude to his coaching staff, from the middle school on up, for this season’s success.
Rocori 23 25 20 25 15
Brainerd 25 20 25 15 17
Courtney Ryan 9 kills, 2 blocks, 10 digs
Taylor Johnshoy 6 kills, 1 ace serve, 6 digs, 1 block
Mikaela Chandler 11 kills, 6 blocks
Heather Fletcher 4 kills, 3.5 blocks
Hannah Kangas 3 ace serves, 4 digs, 15 set assists
Jenna Degen 6 kills, 5 aces serves, 5 digs, 2.5 blocks, 15 set assists
Madison Stall 11 digs
Paige Rivers 1 ace serve, 3 digs
Faith Kassulker 4 kills, 1 dig, 2.5 blocks
Conference: Brd 6-6. Overall: Brd 12-17. Next: Brainerd in Section 8-3A tournament Oct. 24.