Brookfield East came out quickly and swept crosstown rival Brookfield Central on Sept. 11 at East in a Greater Metro Conference girls volleyball match.
East won (25-19, 25-16, 25-7) to improve to 2-0 in conference play and 11-3-1 overall.
"Our girls really came out ready to play tonight," coach Chris Polowy said. "From the first point of the game, they stuck with the game plan and really kept it together both defensively and on serve receive, two areas that we have struggled with recently. Everything was clicking tonight as our girls made the most out of every opportunity Central gave us."
Petra Bryda (11) and Taylor Wilkerson (10) led East in kills and Jessa Hansen had 19 assists.
Erika Hansen led in digs (14) and Wilkerson and Alex Ahrens had two blocks each.
"Our defense moved as a unit and the girls fed off one another point after point," Polowy said. "Their intensity and relentlessness was amazing and the difference-maker in the match. Our senior libero, Erika Hansen, had a great match. She led the charge on defense and was the one who held our serve receive together."
Leading the Lancers were Abigail Strebig with six kills, while Katie Dobrzynski, Nicole Hintz and Shannon Kebisek were tied with the digs lead with five. Kebisek handed out nine assists.
Central coach Scott Spiess agreed with Polowy's assessment.
"Brookfield East grabbed the momentum from the first whistle tonight," he said. "They put the pressure on us in serve receive and kept our defense guessing.
"Offensively we struggled to put balls in play; for this team to be competitive we have to cut down on our unforced errors. We talked in timeouts about adjustments that we needed to make, but just couldn't execute them, which is something we will need to get better at moving forward."
East in now 1-1 in the GMC and 4-8 overall.
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