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Paynesville Press - September 6, 2006

Crusaders sweep netters in first match

By Michael Jacobson

St. Cloud Cathedral - who have advanced to state four times in the past six years - swept the Bulldogs volleyball team in their season opener on Thursday.

"The Crusaders are a strong team again this year, and we met them on a night that they were firing on all cylinders," said coach Dawn Knoll.

The Dogs lost 25-8, 25-18, and 25-12. Their best chance for a set victory was in the second set, when they led 15-12 until sophomore middle hitter JessiccaLee Klein hurt her ankle.

After that, Cathedral used a 13-3 run to win the second set.

"The first game of the match we came out rather flat, and Cathedral jumped out to an early lead," said Knoll. "They were able to string runs of serves together, and we struggled with our attacks because our passing wasn't up to par."

"During the third game of the match, we were passing much better but did not put together any long strings of points," said Knoll, who added that the team's serve percentage (75 percent) made it nearly impossible to win by giving too many free points to Cathedral.

"The team put in a good effort but did not play consistently throughout the match," said Knoll. "Our goal is to play with consistency in all areas of the game."

Statistical leaders of note were junior outside hitter Laura Schaefer (who had four of the Dogs' ten kills) and junior libero Kayla Lieser (who was 22 for 23 on serve receive and had 15 digs, including some on hard attacks to extend some rallies, according to Knoll).

This week, the Dogs hosted Melrose on Tuesday night.

Next week, the Dogs will host Sauk Centre on Monday, Sept. 11.

Paynesville--8 18 12
Cathedral--25 25 25

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Laura Schaefer 11/16 - 4A; Chelsey Kalkbrenner 8/12; Kristin Lang 8/13 - 2A; Kate Olson 5/7 - 1A; Randi Schaefer 4/5 - 1A; JessiccaLee Klein 4/6 - 2A; Team 42/62 - 10A;
Serving: Kayla Lieser 8/8; Amanda Lieser 6/8; Laura Schaefer 5/6 - 1A; Chelsey Hansen 5/6; Kalkbrenner 5/7; Team 30/40 - 1A;
Serve Receiving: Kayla Lieser 22/23; Laura Schaefer 7/9; Amanda Lieser 7/10; Team 47/65;
Blocks: Klein 1; Lang 1; Amanda Lieser 1;
Assists: Hansen 7; Kayla Lieser 1; Digs: Kayla Lieser 15; Laura Schaefer 10; Team 36.

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