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|Paynesville Press - October 11, 2006|
Albany, Sauk Centre sweep Dogs
Albany edged the Dogs in a close second set, 29-27, and proceeded to sweep the conference volleyball match at PAHS on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in three sets.|
Albany won the first set 25-16 and edged the Dogs in the second set 29-27, needing to score four extra points to win the close set.
"The Bulldogs played a tough match against Albany, but the wind was knocked out of the sails when Albany was able to take the second game of the match," said coach Dawn Knoll.
Albany closed out the match by winning the third set 25-13.
Sophomore Anna Kotten contributed six kills during the Dogs' three-set loss to Albany last week.
The Dogs won nearly as many points in the second set (27) as they did in the first and third sets combined (29).
"The serving percentage for the team was great, but when you don't have a lot of aces you have to be able to put the ball to the floor on the opponents' side of the net with consistency. We were not able to do that," added Knoll.
Senior Chelsey Kalkbrenner and junior Laura Schaefer led the Dogs with nine kills each. Kalkbrenner added two blocks.
Senior Kristin Lang added seven kills and three ace serves.
Junior Kayla Lieser led the Dogs with 17 digs, and junior Chelsey Hansen had 24 set assists.
This week, the Dogs (0-15 overall, 0-11 in the WCC North) played at New London-Spicer on Tuesday. They will host LPGE on Thursday and next week will travel to Minne-waska on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Sauk Centre 3, Paynesville 0
The Mainstreeters, who also swept the Dogs in September, have one loss in conference play, trailing only St. Cloud Cathedral. They won nearly 75 percent of the points against the Dogs (75 of 101).
"Sauk Centre is a very strong team," said coach Dawn Knoll. "Their attacks were very strong, and our blockers were not getting to the block very effectively. Our backrow players were fighting to keep the ball alive. Our offense was not able to get anything going tonight. The Bulldogs needed to do the little things well, and we didn't."
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