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Paynesville Press - September 4, 2002

Dogs start slowly in loss to BBE

By Mindy Meagher

The Bulldogs volleyball team started their season slowly with a three-set loss against the BBE Jaguars on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

"We started off too slow and had the first-game jitters," said coach Sheila Mayer. The Bulldogs only have three players with varsity experience on their roster this year and lost the first set 15-2.

Senior Morgan Martinson, a returning starter, led the team with 100 percent serving with two aces, followed by junior Amy Roberg, who served 80 percent with four aces. Senior Mindy Meagher, also a returning starter, also served 100 percent for the night.

The Dogs started off very slowly, with a lack of communication on the court and players hesitating to get the ball, losing the first set 15-2.

The Bulldogs picked up their play in the second game, with Martinson serving six consecutive points, bringing the Dogs within 14-13, but the Jaguars scored the next point to take that set 15-13. The Jaguars also took the third set 15-9.

"We needed to be stronger at the net," commented Martinson after the game. The Bulldogs had only 10 kills in the entire match. Junior Amanda Glenz had four kills to lead the Dogs, followed by Martinson with three and Meagher with two.

The Bulldogs did have 10 ace blocks for the night, with Meagher and Glenz leading with three each. Martinson and junior Jessica Virant followed with two each.

Junior setters Jessica Paul and Roberg each played well. Roberg set 31/31, and Paul set 25/27.

For their next game, the Bulldogs will be working on their passing and playing strong at the net. Hopefully, they can come out playing well right off the bat without hesitating.

This week, the Dogs played at ACGC on Tuesday night. They will host Sauk Centre on Thursday, will host New London-Spicer on Monday, Sept. 9, and will play at Melrose on Tuesday, Sept. 10. B- and C-squad games start at 6 p.m., with the varsity starting around 7:30 p.m.

BBE--15 15 15
Paynesville--2 13 9

Individual Results
Hitting: Amanda Glenz 15/19-4A; Morgan Martinson 14/19-3A; Mindy Meagher 8/8-2A;
Serving: Martinson 15/15-2A; Amy Roberg 8/10-4A; Meagher 6/6;
Blocks: Meagher 3A; Martinson 2A; Glenz 3A; Jessica Virant 2A;
Assists: Roberg 31/31-5A; Jessica Paul 25/27-4A;
Digs: Martinson 13/17; Glenz 8/10.

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