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|Paynesville Press - September 17, 2003|
Netters take second place at Minnewaska
The Bulldog volleyball team got their first wins of the season last week, rallying to beat New London-Spicer in five sets and then taking second, going 3-1, at the Minnewaska Tournament. The Dogs also lost in straight sets to Albany.|
On Saturday morning, the Dogs traveled to Minnewaska to take part in a nine-team tournament. The Dogs won their first two matches in pool play, defeating Minnewaska in two sets and rallying to beat Brandon-Evansville in three sets.
The Bulldogs beat the host Lakers 25-14 and 25-22. "The Bulldogs came out a little flat first thing in the morning but quickly began to play well as a team," said coach Dawn Knoll. "We passed the ball much better and were able to attack the holes in Minnewaska's defense."
Against Brandon-Evansville, the Dogs lost a close first set (26-24) but rallied to win the second and third sets 25-21 and 15-8. "We played well in games two and three after we were able to focus on the defensive aspect of the game," said Knoll.
Junior Rachael Wendlandt had 11 kills in this match.
In the afternoon, the Bulldogs lost in straight sets to Underwood, which went on to win the tourney. "Underwood has a very nice squad, and we didn't adjust well to their attacking game," said Knoll.
Underwood beat previously undefeated BBE in the pool play.
The Bulldogs rallied again to defeat Ortonville and take second place in the tournament. The Dogs lost a close first set again (26-24) but won the next two sets 25-11 and 15-10. "This was a good match for us to test our ability to rebound from the previous match with Underwood. The team pulled together and played well after the first game of the match," said Knoll.
Senior Amanda Glenz had 13 kills in this match. For the tournament, Glenz led the team with 33 kills and 11 ace blocks.
Paynesville's setters - junior Kendra Johnson 135/135 and senior Amy Roberg 147/149 - setted successfully more than 99 percent of the time.
"The entire tournament was a learning experience for us as a team," added Knoll. "We put many of the individual elements of the game together. Hopefully this will carry through as we enter another busy week."
The Bulldogs (now 4-5 for the season) hosted St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday. They will host Melrose on Thursday and will play at Eden Valley-Watkins on Monday, Sept. 22, and at Sauk Centre on Tuesday, Sept. 23. B- and C-squad matches start at 6 p.m., with the varsity following starting around 7:30 p.m.
Albany 3, Paynesville 0
Albany won the first set 25-16 and then won the second and third sets by identical 25-14 scores.
The team "played the whole match very flat and never got any momentum going," said Knoll. "We were behind the eight ball from the beginning of the match right through to the very end."
"Passing is a key to being able to winning each and every point and our passing was not on all night long," added Knoll.
Bright spots for Paynesville were seven kills and eight ace blocks by Glenz, and perfect setting (65/65) by senior Amy Roberg and junior Kendra Johnson.
New London-Spicer won the first two sets 25-22 and 25-19. The Dogs came out very flat for the first two games of the match but came together and played well in the last three games, said Knoll.
The Bulldogs won the third game 25-22 and won a close fourth game 26-24.
In the deciding fifth game, junior Brittany Lieser served the first nine points to give the Bulldogs a commanding lead. The Dogs won the fifth set 15-7.
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