Braves season concludes at regionals

The Brownstown Central volleyball team saw its season come to a close on Saturday afternoon in the regional semifinal at Danville High School.

Brownstown took on Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, and the Braves knew it would be tough as Brebeuf is ranked as the No. 1 team in Class 3A with a now 30-3 record.

Brebeuf was able to defeat Brownstown in three sets 25-18, 25-13, 25-15 to advance to the regional finals. Brebeuf went on to win regionals after defeating Tri-West Hendricks 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14 on Saturday night.

After winning the state title in 2019, this is the second straight season Brownstown’s season has ended at the hand of Brebeuf in regionals.

But Saturday’s loss didn’t come as a disappointment to the Braves. Brownstown had a young team this season that played a tough schedule and had an 11-19 record heading into the postseason.

However, Brownstown’s tough schedule prepared the team for sectionals. The Braves started playing their best volleyball toward the end of the season and ran the table at sectionals.

Brownstown defeated West Vigo 3-0, Edgewood 3-1 and Northview 3-0 to win its third-straight sectional championship.

The Braves went into Saturday’s contest with nothing to lose and just wanted to go out and try to be competitive.

Saturday’s loss marked the end of the careers for Brownstown seniors Reagan Nuss, Kelsey Wischmeier, Zori Otting, Emily Singleton and Erin Singleton.

Nuss will continue her volleyball career after graduation at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Nuss finished this season with 764 of Brownstown’s 792 assists. She also had 246 digs, 36 total blocks, 32 aces and 105 kills.

Wischmeier led the team in kills this season with 283, and Emily Singleton had 23 aces and 404 digs.

Head coach Jennifer Shade continously said how much the five seniors helped lead Brownstown through the tough times this season, commanding respect from the younger players.

“One of the things you always look for in seniors is when the time they’re seniors, the team respects them,” Shade said before the regional. “I’ve watched these kids grow from freshmen to seniors. I love that now that they’re seniors, they’ve brought the younger kids along with them. They set the examples of what you should be like when you are a senior.”

Even though Brownstown is losing a special group of seniors, it will be returning a good core of players next season as the Braves will be on a quest for their fourth-straight sectional title to get back to this point again.