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|Paynesville Press - October 5, 2005|
Dogs upend Melrose in four sets
Showing their potential, the varsity volleyball team handed Melrose their second conference loss of the season with a four-set win at Paynesville on Thursday.|
Melrose (7-2 in the WCC North) was tied for second in the conference but dropped to third after being dismantled by the Dogs.
Paynesville (3-6 in the WCC North) moved into fifth place in the conference with the win.
The Dogs won the first two games 25-19 and 25-14 and nearly swept the Dutchmen. But Melrose pulled out the third set with a 30-28 thriller.
The Dogs responded by pounding Melrose again in the fourth set, winning 25-13 to ice the victory.
"The Bulldogs played up their potential tonight," said coach Dawn Knoll. "The team showed how well they can play, so now the goal is to meet the challenge of continuing to play at a high level. This was a big win for the Dogs!"
Junior Chelsey Kalkbrenner had seven kills in 13 attempts as the Dogs upset Melrose on Thursday. She also had five blocks and led the team in serve receive 21 of 22.
Senior Lynn Lieser led the Dogs with 16 kills, 17 digs, and five blocks. She was 30 of 33 hitting and a perfect 20 of 20 serving.
"Lynn Lieser had an exceptional night hitting the ball," said Knoll. "Ashley Lieser was getting the passes, so it made her job setting much easier."
Seniors Melanie Mages and Shonda Martinson each had nine kills for the Dogs.
Junior Chelsey Kalkbrenner had seven kills, in only 13 chances. Kalkbrenner also had five blocks, three assists, and led the team going 21 of 22 in serve receive.
Junior Kristin Lang led the Dogs with five ace serves, and she also had four blocks.
Senior Amanda Skalicky was 14 of 14 in digs.
The Dogs, befitting their strong play, had high percentages in all the team categories: serving 91 percent, receiving serve at 94 percent, killing at 35 percent, and setting at 100 percent.
This week, the Dogs (5-7-1 overall) played at Albany on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Dogs will host Sauk Centre as part of the Homecoming festivities at PAHS. Next week, the Dogs will host New London-Spicer on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Cathedral 3, Paynesville 0
The Dogs lost the first two games 25-17 and 25-14 but provided stiffer competition in the third set before losing 25-21.
Cathedral (9-0) leads Albany (8-1) by a game in the WCC North.
A highlight for the Dogs was serving at 95 percent (56/59). "Our serving was much better tonight," said coach Dawn Knoll. "Anytime a team serves well they give themselves the opportunity to win."
"We need to attack for points," added Knoll. "Our kill percentage (only 16 percent) is not very good."
Senior Ashley Lieser was perfect again in setting (69 for 69) and also led the team in serving (19 of 20).
Senior Lynn Lieser led the team with six kills, three blocks, and was 15 for 15 in serve receive.
Senior Melanie Mages led the team with 17 digs.
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