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Paynesville Press - September 8, 2004

Netters thump LPGE for first win

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs volleyball team earned their first victory of the season, beating conference foe Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in four sets.

Shonda The Dogs (1-0 in the West Central Conference North, 1-1 overall) won the first set 25-17, dropped the second set 25-13, and then closed out the match by winning the third and fourth sets 25-19 and 25-22.

Junior Shonda Martinson was 14/16 hitting against LPGE last week with four kills.

According to coach Dawn Knoll, the Dogs "played much more as a team" against LPGE than it had in its first match against BBE.

"Passing was much improved from our first match and that makes the whole game flow more smoothly," said Knoll.

In their first match, the Dogs had trouble passing to their setters, which prevented them from mounting a consistent offensive attack.

"We hope to continue to improve in our consistency throughout our game," added Knoll.

As a team, the Dogs hit 87 percent. Senior Rachael Wendlandt (seven kills), junior Shonda Martinson (five kills), and junior Lynn Lieser (four kills) led the Dogs at the net.

Lieser and senior Sam Moser each had two blocks to lead the Dogs.

The Dogs served at 90 percent, with senior Brittany Lieser (19/19), Wendlandt (14/14), and sophomore Ashley Lieser (13/13) combined to serve perfectly in 46 attempts with nine aces.

Ashley Lieser and senior Kendra Johnson led the Dogs in setting, and senior Kayla Mackedanz (24 digs) and senior Val Callenius (20 digs) led the Dogs in defense.

This week, the Dogs played at ACGC on Monday. They will host state-rated Albany on Thursday, Sept. 16, they will play in a varsity-only tournament at Minnewaska on Saturday, Sept. 18, and they will play at state-rated St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

*The varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams will play at 5:30 p.m. against Eden Valley-Watkins on Monday, Oct. 11, with homecoming coronation taking place that night.

*The team has added a home match against New London-Spicer on Thursday, Oct. 14, for ABC squads starting at 6 p.m.

LPGE--17 25 19 22
Paynesville--25 13 25 25

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Rachael Wendlandt 13/16 - 7A; Shonda Martinson 14/16 - 5A; Lynn Lieser 14/15 - 4A; Sam Moser 8/9 - 2A; Val Callenius 8/9 - 1A; Brittany Lieser 7/9 - 1A; Team 65/75 - 20A;
Serving: Brittany Lieser 19/19 - 4A; Wendlandt 14/14 - 4A; Ashley Lieser 13/13 - 1A; Lynn Lieser 9/11 - 2A; Kendra Johnson 9/11; Callenius 8/10; Team 75/83 - 12A;
Blocks: Moser 2A; Lynn Lieser 2A; Team 4A;
Assists: Ashley Lieser 32/33 - 10A; Johnson 30/31 - 10A; Team 62/64 - 20A;
Digs: Kayla Mackedanz 24/28; Callenius 20/24; Brittany Lieser 17/18; Team 82/92.

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