Senior Jana Zumwalde attempts a dig for the Bulldogs on Tuesday night against Sauk Centre.
The Paynesville girls had a tough time in the first game. They needed to get their serves over the net and in. Their court communication was lacking in the first game. The Streeters beat the Bulldogs 15-4.
In the second game of the night, the Bulldogs trailed 13-6 before they rallied. The Bulldogs started to talk out on the court and dug every ball, and they took the ball back from the Streeters. Ball possession went back and forth between the two teams for awhile, and then the Streeters finally won the game 15-10.
The third game was another good one for Paynesville, despite falling behind by ten points. The Bulldogs played from their hearts, and their rally took the Streeters by surprise.
The Bulldogs dug the ball every time and played a really great game. Their serves got better by the last game and that threw the Sauk Centre team off a little. The Bulldogs were also hitting at the Streeters which may have worried them because they came in thinking that they would beat the Bulldogs fast and go home.
The Bulldogs put up a good fight, and got within three points at 13-10, but ended up losing 15-11.
Hitting: Steph Krupke 20/23 - 4A; Joy Hemmesch 12/16 - 4A; Heidi Jansen 13/16 - 3A;
Serving: Sara Lieser 10/12 - 2A; Lisa Hemingson 11/15 - 2A;
Blocks: Hemmesch 6/7 - 1A; Jenni Mayer 1/1 - 1A;
Assists: Krupke 10; Hemingson 5;
Digs: Krupke 20/24; Lieser 17/19.
The Bulldogs played Cathedral on Thursday night in St. Cloud. The girls played well but lost the match in three games.
In the first game, a 15-12 Cathedral victory, the girls lost their court communication skills again. They dug the ball, but when they didn't talk, the ball never went anywhere. They had some problems hitting, but they were mostly resolved by the second game.
The second game was a little better for the Bulldogs as far as communication goes, but the girls started making little mistakes and getting frustrated with themselves. By the end of the game, the court communication diminished to almost nothing by most of the players. Cathedral won this set 15-6.
In the third, and last game, the girls played hard but didn't talk and kept getting frustrated with themselves. They had a pretty good serving record but it could have used a little bit of help in the end. Cathedral closed out the Bulldogs 15-7.
The Bulldogs' game at LPGE on Monday night was postponed to Monday, Oct. 9. The girls will play at Melrose on Thursday, at Minnewaska on Saturday, and at Albany on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
Hitting: Joy Hemmesch 13/15 - 3A; Sara Lieser 8/8 - 4A; Mindy Meagher 9/10 - 2A;
Serving: Steph Krupke 8/9; Heidi Jansen 7/8; Lieser 13/17;
Blocks: Katie Wright 4/6 - 1A;
Assists: Krupke 9; Lisa Hemingson 5;
Digs: Krupke 20/24; Hemingson 7/7.
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