The Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team went on the road to take on Viborg, South Dakota, Tuesday, Aug. 29.
The Patriots gave up the first two games 25-21 and 26-24 to the Cougars.
“At first we definitely had some first game jitters and made quite a few unforced errors in the first two games,” head coach Meghan Zylstra said.
In Game 3, the H-BC athletes collected themselves and won the game 30-28.
“Game 3 was pretty much back and forth,” Zylstra said.
“I called a timeout and told the girls they weren’t going to give up, and to go all out so we could go to Game 4.”
Zylstra said her team came together after that.
“We were hitting well, blocking well, our passes were great and we were communicating well,” Zylstra said.
The Patriots won the fourth game 25-14 and tied the match at two games apiece.
The fifth and final game would be played to 15 points.
“I think the girls were very determined to win Game 5 and get their first win,” Zylstra said.
“They were so excited after having not won at all last season.”
H-BC won Game 5 by a score of 15-9 and got their first match win since the 2021 season.
Senior Brynn Rauk posted two blocks, 20 set assists, four digs and six ace serves in the match.
Freshman Brynn Bakken had 10 kills, four digs and four ace serves.
Lanae Elbers, a senior, had 10 kills, eight blocks and three ace serves for H-BC.
Senior Larissa Steinhoff had seven kills, two blocks and four ace serves.
Freshman Olivia Deelstra had 10 kills, two blocks, four digs and five ace serves.
Sophomore Abbie Harris had 13 set assists and three digs.
Senior Grace Anderson had 12 digs and one ace serve.
Sophomore Claire Knobloch had nine digs for the Patriots.
H-BC was scheduled to host Edgerton Tuesday, Sept. 5, and participate in a tournament in Luverne Saturday, Sept. 12.