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|Paynesville Press - September 18, 2002|
Netters win three matches in busy week
On Saturday, the Bulldogs varsity volleyball team traveled to Minnewaska for their only tournament of the season. |
They started their day slowly - hesitating towards the ball and not communicating - but ended the day by winning their last two matches and taking seventh in the nine-team tournament.
In their original pool, the Bulldogs went winless, losing to Brandon-Evansville 2-1 and BBE 2-1. Brandon-Evansville took second in the tournament, BBE took fourth, and the Bulldogs took seventh.
The Bulldogs beat LPGE 2-1, for the second time in three days, and beat Ortonville 2-0 to take seventh.
Senior Morgan Martinson led the Bulldogs for the day in attacks with 22 kills. Senior Mindy Meagher followed with 15 kills, and junior Amanda Glenz added eight kills.
The Bulldogs served really well again. Meagher led the team, going 36/37 with five aces, and junior Jessica Paul went 30/32 with four aces. Glenz was 27/28 with three aces, and sophomore Kendra Johnson, making her varsity debut, went 13/13 with two aces.
Junior Jessica Virant led the Dogs in solo blocks with five, followed by Glenz with four.
Going 2-2 at the tournament, leaves the Bulldogs with a season record of 4-6.
This week, the Bulldogs hosted Albany on Tuesday. They will also play at St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday, Sept. 19, and they will host Eden Valley-Watkins on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Both matches will start with the B- and C-squads at 6 p.m.
Paynesville 3, LPGE 0
It was a very quick match and lifted the spirits of the players for Saturday's tournament. The Bulldogs had great serving and missed only two serves the entire night. Senior Morgan Martinson, sophomore Brittany Lieser, and senior Mindy Meagher all served 100 percent for the night. Martinson and Lieser each had four aces, while Meagher had two.
"We came ready to play and that is just what we did," said Lieser.
The Bulldogs came out a little slow, winning the first set 16-14, but ended strong in a three-set victory, winning the final two games by identical 15-8 scores.
Martinson led the team with five kills. Meagher followed closely with four kills. And junior Jessica Virant had three kills.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved their conference record to 2-1.
Melrose 3, Paynesville 1
The Dogs came out strong and took the first set, but it wasn't enough, as they lost the next three games. It seemed like the Bulldogs were in a slump from their match the night before against NL-S. There was something that the Dogs weren't doing, and they couldn't quite figure it out.
Junior Amy Roberg served 100 percent for the night with two aces. Juniors Jessica Paul and Amanda Glenz also served 100 percent for the night. Overall the Bulldogs' serves were very good, but not enough to win the match.
Senior Morgan Martinson led the team in kills with eight. Roberg added six, junior Jessica Virant added five, and senior Mindy Meagher added four for the night.
NL-S 3, Paynesville 1
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