Benson volleyball team hoping to turn things around in final five matches

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The Benson volleyball team fell twice last week to drop to 7-11 overall and 2-7 in the WCC.  The Braves opened up last week with a 3-0 loss at Melrose last Tuesday before coming home and playing a good match against Sauk Centre, Thursday, losing 3-1.

Sauk Centre leads the WCC with a 9-0 conference record with five matches to go, while Melrose Area is 7-2, Minnewaska area is 6-2, Morris Area-CA is 6-3, BOLD is 4-4, Benson is 2-7, ACGC is 1-8, and Montevideo is 0-9.

In Section 5A, Benson is currently seeded third in its five-team “pod”, but should have a chance to move past KMS to the second seed with a strong performance over its final five matches.  See Speaking of Sports column for more comments about Section 5A volleyball.

The Braves were set to host BOLD, Tuesday (yesterday) before playing at Atwater-CGC, Thursday (tomorrow).  The home match against BOLD is also the “Dig Pink” match and Benson will also be hosting a silent auction that night at 5:30 p.m.

“We start the tail-end of our season with five conference opponents and BOLD will be the strongest as they have been really improving throughout the season and were rated 10th in the latest Class A poll,” coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “These last five matches are all winnable matches for us and we also hope to see the return of Mariah Ahrndt to the lineup this week.  She has been going through some drills this week and we are hopeful to have her back on the court at 100 percent this week.”

In fact, Ahrndt, who was injured during the second match of the season, made a brief appearance during the Braves’ three-game loss to Sauk Centre, Thursday...

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