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Brooke volleyball sweeps Big Red on senior night

WELLSBURG — The Brooke volleyball team was on top of its game, while Big Red was not at its best.

The Bruins played well from start to finish en route to sweeping Big Red, 25-16, 25-16, 25-17, on senior night Monday night inside the Brooke Wellness Center.

“The girls played well,” first-year Brooke (6-4) head coach Emily Stuck said. “They were low energy, but they played well.”

Big Red had a difficult time getting anything going in the match.

“We definitely did not show up to play,” Big Red (3-4) head coach Kristin Taylor said. “We lost this as a team.”

For Brooke, Ava Bolen tallied two aces, seven kills and two blocks, Preslei Ridgely produced eight aces and 12 kills and Landry Bone delivered four kills and four blocks. Also, Morgan Engle ended up with two aces and two kills.

“They put the ball where we weren’t,” Taylor said. “That’s the game of volleyball.”

For Big Red, Maggi Cucarese recorded 10 points, four kills and six assists, and Mea Lulla tallied six points, three aces and seven digs.

“I did not know what to expect,” Stuck said. “I did not hear much about them. I did not know much since this is my first year as head coach. I watched them warm up, and then I put a lineup together. I made some adjustments in the second set.

“The girls are playing as a team. I am trying to figure out which girls work best together. We have two setters, and I am trying to figure out who plays the best together.”

Brooke honored its five seniors Monday night.

“It was definitely nice to get a win for those girls,” Stuck said.

The Bruins five seniors are Adeyah Frazier, Haeley Shaffer, Mia Camiletti, Kallioppi Makricostas and Engle.

“They mean a lot to me,” Stuck said. “I came in, and I was impressed by them. I was impressed by their leadership and their attitudes. They keep the other girls in line. They are coachable. They take what I say, and they try to make things easier for the other girls.”

Big Red is scheduled to play Harrison Central at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home inside the Crimson Center.

Brooke is scheduled to play in a tri-match at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Glen. Tyler Consolidated will also be taking part in the tri.

“The season is going well,” Stuck said. “Coming into the season I told people I wanted to have a winning season. I wanted to see what the girls were capable of. I have been impressed. I have got a phenomenal team. We have a winning record right now. I’m happy about that. I’m just proud of the girls.”

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