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Paynesville Press - September 26, 2001

Netters defeat Dragons in five sets

By Jenny Habben

Lisa Hemingson 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.

Paynesville--7 15 15 6 15
Litchfield--15 3 9 15 10

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Mindy Meagher 26/32 - 7A; Heidi Jansen 34/35 - 11A; Morgan Martinson 31/37 - 11A;
Serving: Meagher 23/24 - 5A; Ashley Wall 18/18 - 4A; Lisa Hemingson 14/15 - 3A;
Blocks: Meagher - 4A; Martinson - 4A; Wall - 3A;
Assists: Hemingson 132/135 - 33A;
Digs: Hemingson 16/18; Jansen 19/22; Jen Habben 12/14.

BBE 3, Paynesville 1
The Bulldogs lost to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Monday, Sept. 17, just two days after the two teams faced each other in the title game at the Minnewaska tournament.

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.

Paynesville--10 6 15 5
BBE--15 15 5 15

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Heidi Jansen 27/28 - 11A; Mindy Meagher 20/24 - 11A; Morgan Martinson 26/35 - 11A;
Serving: Hannah Braun 12/12 - 4A; Jen Habben 12/13 - 3A; Heidi Jansen 12/14 - 2A;
Blocks: Meagher 17/21 - 8A; Martinson 14/20 - 2A; Ashley Wall 7/10 - 3A;
Assists: Hemingson 56/60 - 14A; Braun 52/54 - 16A;
Digs: Jansen 44/48; Habben 27/29; Hemingson 21/27.

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