All-around effort propels Brusly past Parkview Baptist

Brusly’s volleyball team displayed power at the net and versatility on the back row in taking a 3-1 victory over Parkview Baptist Wednesday night at Parkview.

Brusly junior Johnee Leblanc (15 kills, 3 blocks), freshman Caitlyn Williams (9 kills, 3 blocks) and senior Shelby Willis (8 kills) finished the plays as Brusly won 25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20.

Brusly improves to 18-6 and 2-0 in Division III, District 6. Parkview (9-6, 1-1) lost its first district match since 2010.

“We knew it would be a competitive match,” Parkview coach Becky Madden said. “It came down to who could take care of the ball and make the fewest errors.

“Brusly has nice size with blocking. No. 10 (Williams) and 24 (Leblanc) do a good job at the net, and they move them around.”

“Parkview played well tonight,” Brusly coach Karen Wooley said. “This was a big win for us. We’re really playing well.”

Parkview led 20-15 in the first game. Brusly went on a 9-1 run with Williams and Leblanc combining for three blocks. Parkview won a back-and-forth point that lasted a minute with both teams making tough saves to pull within 24-23. Then Parkview served out.

Parkview led 15-8 in the second game. Brusly twice got to within three points before the Eagles won 25-21.

Brusly led 14-3 in the third game. Parkview went on a 16-7 run to cut the deficit to 21-19. Leblanc had a kill for the final point.

The fourth game was tied nine times. Parkview led 17-14. Brusly went on an 11-3 run from there. Parkview had three serving errors.

Christy Dearie led Parkview with 15 kills and 12 digs.

“Christy did a tremendous job tonight,” Madden said. “She’s an aggressive player and kept us in it.”

Ssetter Lexie Taylor had 33 assists and three aces for the Eagles. Macey Stock (34 digs), senior Katie Spears (8 kills), senior Val Williams (11 kills) and sophomore Cameron Forbes (7 kills, 2 blocks) also contributed for the Eagles.

Brusly senior setter Kylie Tolar had 38 assists and four kills. Chloe Richard (21 digs), junior libero Claire Daigle (28 digs) and Willis (11 digs) helped stop the Parkview attack.

Daigle is a third-year starter and this was her first victory over Parkview.

“This was a big win and it really shows that our team is coming together,” Daigle said. “We really talked a lot on the court.

“Every player at every position worked together. It was exciting.”