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|Paynesville Press - October 10, 2001|
Netters win two WCC matches
A thrilling volleyball contest between Paynesville and Melrose on Thursday ended in victory for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs won the pivotal third game 16-14 and then won the fourth set 15-9 to take the match three games to one.|
Senior Ashley Wall and junior Morgan Martinson combine for a block. Martinson led the Bulldogs in hitting in the two WCC wins last week.
The visiting Bulldogs got off to a fast start against the Dutchmen, sweeping the first set 15-6. Paynesville came out with a strong start by hitting the ball hard, placing it in the open spaces on the court, and never letting the Dutchmen in the game.
Paynesville's communication and hitting was a little off in the second game, allowing Melrose to come out on top, 15-7, to tie the match at one game each. Melrose's hitting and blocking came alive in the game, which led to frustration amongst the Bulldogs and victory for the Dutchmen. "They just knew where all of our holes were in the second game," said senior Heidi Jansen.
The Bulldogs came back and won the third game 16-14. Paynesville had a 14-10 lead, but were unable to put the ball down for the win. Melrose fought back to tie up the game. With the game tied at 14-14, Heidi Jansen served an ace and then the Bulldogs put the ball down for a kill to take the game.
The ball went back and forth between both the Bulldogs and Dutchmen in the fourth game. The Bulldogs trailed 9-8 but got the serve back and scored seven consecutive points.
At 14-9, the ball went back and forth between the teams for several points. Finally, Hannah Braun had a beautiful set and the Bulldogs put the ball down for an ace to score the winning point, 15-9.
Senior Jenny Habben makes a dig for the Bulldogs.
"I'm very proud of the girls. They played well the whole week," said coach Sheila Mayer. "Against Melrose, we served 95 percent, only missing four serves in four games."
The victory raised the Bulldogs' season record to 7-8 and their conference record to 4-6.
The Bulldogs played at Albany yesterday and will host Litchfield on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Bulldogs will also celebrate parent's night on Thursday. Paynesville will also host Maple Lake and ACGC next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15 and 16.
Paynesville 3, LPGE 0
The first game went fast, with the host Bulldogs winning 15-3.
Senior Heidi Jansen had five ace serves in the match, while juniors Mindy Meagher and Hannah Braun added two ace serves apiece. The team was pleased to win the match in three games in front of their home crowd.
In the second game, Paynesville let LPGE into the game a little more than they should have, giving up eight points, but the Bulldogs still easily won the game, 15-8.
Meagher and senior Missy Bachman both had two ace blocks.
The third game was quick and sweet, with Paynesville winning 15-4 to end the match.
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