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Paynesville Press - September 28, 2005

Netters sweep LPGE, fall in five at Minnewaska

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs volleyball team earned their second conference victory of the fall last week, sweeping Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in three sets at Paynesville on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The Dogs topped the Thunder 25-19, 25-12, and 25-21.

The Dogs rallied to win the first set, overcoming an early five-point deficit. The Thunder built leads of 7-2 and 14-9, but the Dogs scored six of the next seven points to tie the game at 15. The game was tied until the Dogs took a 19-18 lead with a sideout, and then junior Chelsey Kalkbrenner served an ace for a 20-18 lead. Senior Melanie Mages had a kill as Kalkbrenner served three straight points. After exchanging sideouts, Mages got another kill for point #24 and junior Kristin Lang got the kill for point #25 and the first-set win.

Lynn Lieser The Dogs jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second set and never trailed. Junior Shonda Martinson served five straight points as the Dogs built a 12-3 lead. The two teams then traded points until the Dogs led 18-9, and the Dogs then scored seven of the final ten points to win 25-12.

Senior Lynn Lieser led the Dogs by going 10/10 serving, by having 10 kills, and by making 14 digs in their three-set sweep of LPGE last week.

The third set was close, with the teams tied several times before LPGE took a brief lead at 18-17. The Dogs earned a sideout with a great defensive point, and then Lang served six points, with Mages contributing two kills, to lead 24-18. LPGE got within 24-21, but Mages got another kill for the final sideout and a 25-21 win.

"The Bulldogs played well against the Thunder," said coach Dawn Knoll. "As a team, we were seeing the court well and finding the holes in their defense. This was a team effort that had us firing on all cylinders."

Senior Lynn Lieser and Mages led the Dogs with 10 kills each. Kalkbrenner and Martinson each added seven. Lang led the team with five blocks, followed by Lieser and Mages with three each.

This week, the Dogs (2-5 in the WCC North and 4-6-1 overall) played at St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday. They will host Melrose on Thursday, Sept. 29, and will travel to Albany on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

LPGE--19 12 21
Paynesville--25 25 25

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Lynn Lieser 16/16 - 10A; Melanie Mages 27/34 - 10A; Shonda Martinson 15/15 - 7A; Chelsey Kalkbrenner 12/13 - 7A; Kristin Lang 10/14 - 2A; Team 86/99 - 36A;
Serving: Lang 18/20 - 2A; Lynn Lieser 10/10 - 1A; Ashley Lieser 10/11 - 1A; Martinson 9/10 - 1A; Amanda Skalicky 7/8; Kalkbrenner 6/7 - 1A; Mages 6/7 - 1A; Team 68/75 - 6A;
Serve Receive: Lynn Lieser 9/12; Skalicky 10/10; Kayla Lieser 10/11; Kalkbrenner 8/8; Mages 7/7; Team 45/55;
Blocks: Lang (3 solo, 2 assists); Mages (2 solo, 1 assist); Lynn Lieser (1 solo, 2 assists); Kalkbrenner (1 solo);
Assists: Ashley Lieser 57/57 - 21A; Team 61/61 - 21A;
Digs: Lynn Lieser 14/16; Lang 10/11; Mages 10/14; Ashley Lieser 9/9; Team 60/71.

Minnewaska 3, Paynesville 2
Minnewaska, a new addition to the WCC North, topped the Dogs in five sets on Thursday.

The Dogs rallied from a 2-1 deficit by winning the fourth set 25-17, but the Lakers prevailed in the fifth set 15-11.

The Dogs had taken the first set 25-22, but Minnewaska won the next two sets, both close, 25-23 and 25-22.

"We played well but had too many errors," said coach Dawn Knoll, citing 12 service errors, 20 hitting errors, and a dig percentage of just 65 percent. "The match was very close, as the scores indicate. Minnewaska is a nice club, and their middle blocker is a player we didn't contain."

Senior Melanie Mages led the Dogs with 15 kills.

Paynesville--25 23 22 25 11
Minnewaska--22 25 25 17 15

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Melanie Mages 38/47 - 15A; Shonda Martinson 26/28 - 5A; Lynn Lieser 24/26 - 5A; Team 109/129 - 31A;
Serving: Ashley Lieser 18/21 - 2A; Kristin Lang 17/19 - 3A; Lynn Lieser 15/15 - 2A; Amanda Skalicky 12/12 - 1A; Chelsey Kalkbrenner 10/12; Mages 9/10; Amanda Lieser 8/9; Team 96/108 - 8A;
Serve Receive: Kalkbrenner 14/16; Skalicky 13/18; Kayla Lieser 12/14; Lynn Lieser 12/16; Mages 10/10; Team 70/83;
Blocks: Lang (3 solo); Lynn Lieser (2 solo, 1 assist); Martinson (1 solo, 1 assist);
Assists: Ashley Lieser 95/95 - 23A; Kalkbrenner 6/6 - 2A; Mages 1/1 - 1A; Team 103/103 - 26A;
Digs: Mages 17/26; Lynn Lieser 14/19; Kalkbrenner 13/20; Skalicky 11/14; Team 84/129.

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