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|Paynesville Press - September 12, 2001|
Dogs beat LPGE for first win
Paynesville dominated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and took the match in three games on Thursday. This conference victory was the first of the season for the Bulldogs. |
The Bulldogs flew into Long Prairie with confidence and swept the host Thunder off their feet in the first game, winning 15-3. The Dogs scored the first five points before losing control of the ball and rolled to the win.
The pace slowed down a little in the second game, and the Bulldogs let LPGE into the game a little more than they should have due to service errors and mental mistakes, but Paynesville held on to win, 15-9.
The third game was trouble for Paynesville. The Bulldogs trailed 6-0 after a hot server put LPGE in the lead, but the Dogs fought back serve by serve, hit by hit to win, 15-13.
"We dominated tonight," said coach Sheila Mayer. "The girls have to work on controlling the tempo of the game though. They can't let the other teams take control."
Cathedral 3, Paynesville 1
In the first game, the Bulldogs had good communication and worked hard by digging the ball and hitting hard; however, it wasn't enough to stop Cathedral from winning 15-12.
Paynesville showed some fire in the second game by digging up balls, blocking hits, and smashing kills. Paynesville trailed by five points but rallied back to win 15-10.
Mindy Meagher had seven ace blocks and Hannah Braun had three to lead the way for the Dogs.
The Bulldogs came up just short in the third game, losing 15-13. At one point in the game, the Bulldogs had an eight-point lead but were unable to hold it due to some mental mistakes.
The fourth game didn't go as well for Paynesville. Errors gave the ball back to the Crusaders, allowing them to win 15-4.
The Bulldogs get to play their first home games this week. They played Melrose yesterday and will host Albany on Thursday, Sept. 13.
The Bulldogs also will play at Minnewaska in a tournament on Saturday starting at 9 a.m., at BBE on Monday, Sept. 17, and at Litchfield on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
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