The Huskies volleyball team competed in an instant classic against Upper Iowa on Friday night at Halenbeck Hall. They pushed the Peacocks to a fifth set for the second time this season, but unfortunately fell 15-12 in that final set.
Despite the loss, head coach Chad Braegelmann was optimistic in the postgame interview, saying, “It was fun competing in those last four sets. Certainly in that first set we got blown out a little bit and didn’t play real well, but that second set is the one that’s going to frustrate me a little too, because we had some opportunities there going up 5-0 and we gave them all away.”
“But I’m really proud of the way that we competed overall we got outhit, out dug, and out blocked and still challenged them all the way to the end. I’m pretty proud of the way that we fought there.”
The Huskies also changed their formation back to a 6-2 by adding in Marissa Kline as a second setter and it worked wonders for the offense.
Following the match Braegelmann had this to say about the adjustments, “I was pretty proud of the way that she [Kline] came in and played well for us. Kellan [Flynn] came in off the bench and did a little better tonight. Sophie [Jaskulske] was good for us again and obviously [Brianne] Stamer has been rock solid for us with 30 some digs again tonight.”
“I can’t complain about that at all, because the effort is there we just got to execute a little bit better and be a bit smarter out there.”
Unfortunately for the Huskies, the amount of effort and energy didn’t seem to carry into Saturday against #24 Winona State who beat the Huskies in straight sets.
In his postgame interview Braegelmann said, “It was a pretty disappointing effort on our part. It certainly doesn’t reflect what we’re capable of doing, but we have had stretches where we didn’t play well.”
“We actually did a nice job of controlling them, they only hit .218. I was actually checking their stats the other day and they had about six matches in a row where they hit over .300. So defensively, I’d like to say we did a little bit of stuff okay, but I’m just disappointed in our effort.”
“After a match last night where I thought we put a lot into it, and perhaps that’s part of the problem, but those are all excuses and you know what those get you, not a whole heck of a lot… I’m just disappointed in our kids and our effort.”
“We had a chance to get some younger kids in, but I certainly don’t think that they stepped up and did anything that would merit some more opportunities. So it’s a little disappointing overall.”
Hopefully, this weekend will serve as a wake-up call to the team as they hit the road next week for two winnable matches against the University of Mary on Friday and Minot State on Saturday. The Huskies defeated both teams in straight sets at Halenbeck Hall earlier this season.