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Paynesville Press - September 14, 2005

Albany, Melrose sweep Dogs in volleyball matches

By Michael Jacobson

The Albany Huskies swept the Bulldogs volleyball team in a conference match on Thursday.

The undefeated Huskies scored seven of the final 12 points to win the first set 25-18, outscored the Dogs 14-7 to end the second set 25-17, and built a 16-5 lead before winning the third set 25-11.

Setting ball "We played better all around against Albany than we did in our match earlier in the week against Melrose," said coach Dawn Knoll. "The girls are working well together but we need someone to step up and take charge on the court. Our defense is much improved, and now we need to find the aggressive hitters and start putting the ball away against our opponents."

Senior Ashley Lieser sets a ball as teammates junior Chelsey Kalkbrenner (left) and Kristin Lang (right) prepare to attack the net in the Dogs' three-set loss to Albany on Thursday.

Seniors Shonda Martinson and Melanie Mages led the Dogs with six and five kills respectively. Mages also led the team with 11 digs. Senior Lynn Lieser led the Dogs in serving and in blocks.

This week, the Dogs (0-3) played at Sauk Centre on Tuesday. They will play at New London-Spicer on Thursday and in a varsity-only tournament at Montevideo on Saturday. Next week, the Dogs will host LPGE on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Albany--25 25 25
Paynesville--18 17 11

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Shonda Martinson 16/20 - 6A; Melanie Mages 13/16 - 5A; Kristin Lang 13/15 - 2A; Lynn Lieser 18/20 - 1A; Team 63/74 - 15A;
Serving: Lynn Lieser 11/12; Mages 10/11 - 1A; Martinson 11/13; Ashley Lieser 7/7 - 1A; Lang 7/7; Chelsey Kalkbrenner 5/5; Team 51/55 - 2A;
Blocks (solo-assists): Lynn Lieser (1-2); Lang (0-2); Martinson (0-2); Kalkbrenner (0-1);
Assists: Ashley Lieser 53/56 - 15A;
Digs: Mages 11; Kalkbrener 4; Lynn Lieser 4; Team 24.

Melrose 3, Paynesville 0
Melrose also swept the Dogs in volleyball in a conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The Dutchmen won the three sets 25-18, 25-16, and 25-20.

"We played very sluggishly during this match," said Knoll. "We were not playing aggressively during our offensive opportunities. Our coverage was much better, but we need to put the ball away. We were not hitting the openings that Melrose was giving us."

Martinson led the Dogs with seven kills. Lynn Lieser added six kills and three blocks. Senior Ashley Lieser was perfect in serving (12/12) and in setting (72/72). Senior Amanda Skalicky led the Dogs with 13 digs, while Mages added 12 digs.

Paynesville--18 16 20
Melrose--25 25 25

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Martinson 19/21 - 7A; Lynn Lieser 18/19 - 6A; Lang 10/10 - 4A; Mages 19/24 - 3A; Kalkbrenner 6/9; Team 73/84 - 20A;
Serving: Ashley Lieser 12/12; Mages 10/11 - 1A; Lynn Lieser 8/9; Martinson 5/5 - 1A; Amanda Lieser 4/4; Amanda Skalicky 3/3 - 1A; Team 50/54 - 3A;
Blocks (solo-assists): Lynn Lieser (2-1); Lang (1-0); Martinson (1-0); Mages (0-1);
Assists: Ashley Lieser 72/72 - 16A; Mages 5/6 - 1A; Kalkbrenner 2/2 - 1A; Amanda Lieser 1/1 - 1A; Team 82/83 - 19A;
Digs: Skalicky 13; Mages 12; Kalkbrenner 8; Ashley Lieser 8; Lynn Lieser 7; Team 53.

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