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Paynesville Press - September 19, 2001

Bulldogs take second at tourney

By Jenny Habben

Spiking The Bulldogs got up early on Saturday to play in a tournament at Minnewaska and came home with second place.

Junior Mindy Meagher was named to the all-tournament team. She had 15 kills and five ace blocks.

Meagher spiking in the game against Albany last week. She had 15 kills and 5 ace blocks to be named to the all-tournment team at the Minnewaska Tournament.

Coach Sheila Mayer said, "It was an excellent day of fun volleyball and great communication."

The Bulldogs won their bracket and faced Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the championship, but lost 15-10 and 15-12. The championship game was full of good saves, hard hits, and awesome blocks.

The Bulldogs came out strong in the first game taking a 7-1 lead. Hannah Braun served for five points. The Bulldogs still led at 10-7 but BBE rallied to win 15-10.

"We should have won this game, but we made some mental mistakes that we hadn't made all day," said junior Morgan Martinson.

The second game was close throughout. Control of the ball went back and forth between the teams. Paynesville was able to tie the game at 7-7 and had a 9-8 lead before BBE took control and won the game 15-12.

Earlier, the Bulldogs had won their pool by defeating Minnewaska, Holy Angels, and Hermann-Norcross.

Against Minnewaska, the Bulldogs won 15-6 and 15-5 by making awesome plays, great hits, and having good communication.

Paynesville smoked Holy Angels 15-4 in their first game. Senior Ashley Wall had two ace blocks for the Bulldogs. In the second game, the Bulldogs' intensity level dropped, and Holy Angels took the lead. The Dogs were unable to catch up, and Holy Angels won 15-13.

Paynesville played well against Herman-Norcross. The Bulldogs won both games 15-10 and 15-12.

The second-place finish improved the volleyball team's record to 4-5 overall. The Bulldogs are 1-4 in the West Central Conference North.

The Bulldogs played BBE on Monday and Litchfield on Tuesday. Their next match will be a rematch with Sauk Centre at home on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Championship Match
Paynesville--10 12
BBE--15 15

Pool Play
Paynesville--15 15
Minnewaska--6 5

Paynesville--15 13
Holy Angels--4 15

Paynesville--15 15 15 15
Herman-Norcross--10 12

Individual Results
Hitting: Mindy Meagher 37/41 - 15A; Jenny Habben 34/38 - 13A; Morgan Martinson 51/71 - 17A;
Serving: Heidi Jansen 34/35 - 2A; Habben 36/38 - 2A; Lisa Hemingson 22/24 - 1A;
Blocks: Meagher - 5A; Ashley Wall - 4A; Martinson - 3A;
Assists: Hannah Braun 104/105 - 26A; Hemingson 101/102 - 23A;
Digs: Habben 44/49; Jansen 49/56; Braun 42/49.

Melrose 3, Paynesville 0
The Bulldogs hosted their first game against Melrose on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The Bulldogs were excited to get going at home, but were nervous about the game.

The Dutchmen smashed the ball and dug up a lot of Paynesville's hits in the first game and won 15-2.

The Bulldogs picked up their game bit by bit. They scored eight points in the second game and nine points in the third as Melrose got a straight-game victory.

"We just got down on ourselves and couldn't get back up," said Bulldogs' senior setter Lisa Hemingson.

Heidi Jansen had two ace serves and added ten digs. Braun also added an ace serve.

Martinson had four kills and added eight digs, while Meagher had three kills and one ace block.

Melrose--15 15 15
Paynesville--2 8 9

Individual Results
Hitting: Mindy Meagher 11/11 - 3A; Morgan Martinson 11/15 - 4A;
Serving: Hannah Braun 11/11 - 1A; Heidi Jansen 10/10 - 2A;
Blocks: Meagher - 1A;
Assists: Hemingson 21/25 - 3A; Braun 27-33 - 3A;
Digs: Jansen 10/13; Martinson 8/11.

Albany 3, Paynesville 1
The Bulldogs hosted their second match against Albany on Thursday, but were unable to take the win.

The Huskies won the first game 15-0, but Paynesville was determined to come back in the second game. The Bulldogs played good volleyball and won 15-10.

The Bulldogs were trailing when Jenny Habben's ace serve tied the score at 4-4. Habben went on to serve 11 consecutive points to give Paynesville a 13-4 lead.

After Albany cut the lead to 13-10, Paynesville won when Braun delivered two service winners, including an ace.

"We played a roller-coaster game," said co-captain Sara Lieser. "We played well at times, and other times we didn't."

Paynesville trailed 10-6 in the third game but Albany managed to score five consecutive points to win 15-6.

Paynesville was unable to stop Albany's momentum again in the fourth game. The Huskies rattled off nine consecutive points to win the game and the match 15-3.

Albany--15 10 15 15
Paynesville--0 15 6 3

Individual Results
Hitting: Morgan Martinson 14/14 - 8A; Heidi Jansen 9/9 - 5A; Jen Habben 11/11 - 1A; Ashley Wall 7/9 - 2;
Serving: Habben 16/17 - 2A; Jansen 13/13 - 1A; Lisa Hemingson 5/6 - 2A;
Blocks: Martinson - 1A;
Assists: Hemingson 29/31 - 5A; Braun 20-22 - 7A;
Digs: Hemingson 7/9; Habben 5/8.

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