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|Paynesville Press - September 26, 2001|
Netters defeat Dragons in five sets
The Bulldogs blew out the Dragon's fire in five games on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and collected their second conference victory. The volleyball team scored the final five points of the match to win the decisive fifth game 15-10 and earn a conference victory at Litchfield.|
Paynesville improved to 5-6 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
Senior Lisa Hemingson set the ball very well in the Bulldogs' victory over Litchfield. She set 132 of 135, including 33 ace hits.
Paynesville lost the first game 15-7 but dominated the second game, winning 15-3, by using the Dragon's mistakes and taking control of the game. Senior Sara Lieser served six service points for Paynesville.
Paynesville won the third game as well, 15-9. Senior Ashley Wall had three ace hits in a row to help the Dogs.
The Bulldogs lost some of their momentum in the fourth game and lost, 15-6. Paynesville missed some crucial serves, and the Dragons forced a fifth game.
"We beat ourselves," said junior Hannah Braun of the fourth game. "We got down on our mistakes and didn't shake them off."
The fifth game was full of excitement and long volleys. Trailing 8-4, the Bulldogs came back when Lisa Hemingson served five consecutive points to give Paynesville the lead. The game was again tied at 10-10 after Litchfield fought their way back, but the Bulldogs took control and won 15-10.
Juniors Heidi Jansen and Morgan Martinson had 11 kills apiece for Paynesville, while Mindy Meagher added seven. Meagher and Martinson each had four ace blocks. Wall had three.
The Bulldogs hosted Sauk Centre on Tuesday. They will host St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday, Sept. 27, and LPGE on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
BBE 3, Paynesville 1
BBE beat the Bulldogs for the title and again in the nonconference match last week.
Meagher, Jansen, and Martinson led the Bulldogs with 11 kills each. Meagher also added eight ace blocks.
The Bulldogs lost the first game 15-10 and the second game 15-6. But the Paynesville Bulldogs were determined to come back and get revenge against the Jaguars, which they did in the third game. Paynesville smashed the ball and won 15-5, taking BBE to an unexpected fourth game.
The Bulldogs seemed to lose steam going into the fourth game. Paynesville missed some crucial serves after long fights for control of the ball, which gave BBE the ability to rally. BBE won 15-5 to take the match.
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