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Paynesville Press - September 18, 2002

Netters win three matches in busy week

By Mindy Meagher

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--15 13 6
Brandon-Evansville--12 15 15

Paynesville--15 13 4
BBE--5 15 15

Paynesville--15 4 15
LPGE--3 15 6

Paynesville--15 15
Ortonville--11 8

Individual Results
Hitting: Morgan Martinson 58/67 - 22A; Mindy Meagher 49/56 - 15A; Amanda Glenz 49/54 - 8A;
Serving: Meagher 36/37 - 5A; Jessica Paul 30/32 - 4A; Glenz 27/28 - 3A; Kendra Johnson 13/13 - 2A;
Blocks: Jessica Virant 5A; Glenz 4A;
Assists: Amy Roberg 148/153 - 22A; Paul 71/78 - 14A; Johnson 55/57 - 13A; Digs: Meagher 31/37; Brittany Lieser 32/39; Martinson 34/44.

Paynesville 3, LPGE 0
The Bulldogs came home with their second conference win from LPGE on Thursday.

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.

Paynesville--16 15 15
Paynesville--14 8 8

Individual Results
Hitting: Morgan Martinson 13/16 - 5A; Mindy Meagher 20/22 - 4A; Jessica Virant 11/12 - 3A;
Serving: Martinson 15/15 - 4A; Brittany Lieser 14/14 - 4A; Meagher 18/18 - 2A; Blocks: Meagher 4A; Amanda Glenz 4A;
Assists: Amy Roberg 34/34 - 9A; Jessica Paul 19/21 - 4A;
Digs: Lieser 23/27; Meagher 13/18; Roberg 7/10.

Melrose 3, Paynesville 1
The Bulldogs had another hard night when they traveled to Melrose on Tuesday, Sept. 10, losing to the Dutchmen in four sets.

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.

Paynesville--15 12 5 8
Melrose--8 15 15 15

Individual Results
Hitting: Morgan Martinson 21/31 - 8A; Amy Roberg 11/17 - 6A; Mindy Meagher 19/23 - 4A; Jessica Virant 12/14 - 5A;
Serving: Roberg 17/17 - 2A; Jessica Paul 14/14; Amanda Glenz 10/10.

NL-S 3, Paynesville 1
The Bulldogs also won the first set against New London-Spicer on Monday, Sept. 9, before losing the match in four sets.

NL-S--10 15 15 15
Paynesville--15 8 10 13

Individual Results
Individual Results Hitting: Morgan Martinson 19/25 - 11A; Amanda Glenz 29/30 - 2A; Mindy Meagher 17/20 - 3A;
Serving: Brittany Lieser 17/19 - 3A; Meagher 17/18; Glenz 8/10 - 2A;
Blocks: Glenz 2; Meagher 2;
Assists: Amy Roberg 49/49 - 13A; Jessica Paul 30/32 - 3A.

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