Borden leads Braves to win on senior night

It was an emotional night inside The Pit as Brownstown’s lone senior Kalee Borden got to soak in her senior night.

“Just sad having to leave all the girls, especially the younger ones that you’re just starting to get close with,” the senior said after the match.

The stands were filled with cutout heads that had Borden’s face on it as she helped lead Brownstown to a 3-0 win over Austin 25-11, 25-11, 25-21.

Borden had 16 kills on 32-39 hitting to lead the Braves on the night.

“I didn’t expect to get emotional, it just kind of happened,” Borden said. “Once we started talking game plan, it was pretty easy to just get ready to play.”

Brownstown started out the match 6-0, and then led 12-2 to dominate the first set 25-11. The Braves’ started the second set a little slower, but then turned it on when the match was tied at six to pull away.

“A lot of games we don’t have the best start, so when we have a good start it’s really easy to use that momentum to finish the game,” Borden said.

As a team, Brownstown hit 93-110 with 42 kills and served 71-75 with five aces. Sophie Wischmeier hit 20-23 with six kills and Addison Darlage hit 16-17 with six kills. Finley Wheeler served 17-17 with two aces, Wischmeier served 17-17 and Kinzee Dean served 12-12.

Borden feels like Brownstown is starting to gain confidence as a team. A lot of that comes from the Braves spending time off the court together, whether it’s watching movies or going out to eat together before home matches.

“We bond very well,” Borden said.

As far as the cutout faces of Borden in the stands, she had some fun with that.

“Was not expecting that, especially the ones I’m not even smiling in,” she said. “It’s OK, though, I enjoyed it.”

Before the varsity match, the Braves’ JV team also won over Austin 25-9, 25-6.

Whitney Branaman had a game-high 10 aces while Genna Preston and Paisleigh Peters each had two aces. Haley Derringer had five kills, Olivia Fritz had three and Noe McPherson had two.

The Braves will now be off a whole week until they play at Seymour next Tuesday.