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|Paynesville Press - September 29, 2004|
Cathedral, Melrose sweep netters in conference matches
The Bulldogs volleyball team suffered their first two conference losses last week, getting swept in road matches by conference leaders Melrose and St. Cloud Cathedral.|
The Dutchmen and Crusaders are undefeated in the conference, while the Dogs dropped to 2-2 in the West Central Conference North and 6-4 overall.
"We played better against Melrose than we did against Cathedral," said coach Dawn Knoll. "Our serving was poorÉand that really hurts the team when rally scoring is used."
"When we did settle down and serve, we weren't giving Melrose anything difficult to handle," Knoll continued. "Our hitters were not hitting with the confidence that we have had in past matches."
Melrose won the first set easily on Thursday, 25-15, and won the next two sets, which were closer, 25-20 and 25-22.
The Dogs served only 84 percent, with 10 service errors in 62 serve attempts.
Senior Brittany Lieser and junior Shonda Martinson led the Dogs at the net with eight kills for Lieser and six for Martinson.
"We knew that this would be the toughest week in our schedule," said Knoll. "Now the challenge is how we bounce back."
The Dogs played Sauk Centre on Tuesday night at home. They will start a three-game road trip at Long Prairie against LPGE on Thursday, which marks the second half of the conference schedule. Next week, the Dogs will play at Kimball on Monday, Oct. 4, and at Albany on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
Cathedral 3, Paynesville 0
The Crusaders, who finished sixth in the state in Class AA last year, won nearly two out of three points for the match, recording the match victory while allowing only 41 points to Paynesville.
"It was one of those nights when the entire team was off. We didn't attack the ball, and our passing was very inaccurate," said Knoll. "It is hard to get a good rhythm going when the setters are chasing the ball all over the court. Cathedral was on, and we struggled to get any type of attack going."
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