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|Paynesville Press - October 12, 2005|
Albany, Sauk beat Bulldogs in volleyball
The Paynesville volleyball team won the second game but lost their match to the Albany Huskies in four games on Tuesday, Oct. 4.|
The Huskies won the first game 25-14, but the Dogs rallied to win the second game 26-24. Albany, then, won the third and fourth games 25-19 and 25-14.
Senior Melanie Mages led the Dogs with eight kills and 14 digs in their three-set loss to Sauk Centre on Thursday.
The Huskies (10-1) stayed a game behind in the conference standings, trailing St. Cloud Cathedral (11-0).
"We played rather well after game one, but struggled with our passing most of the night," said coach Dawn Knoll. "As a team, we did not take advantage of the openings Albany gave us. Our serving was our strength, but our serve receive hurt us. The consistency just wasn't there tonight."
While the Dogs served 73 of 74 (98 percent), they were only 66 percent in serve receive (56 of 85) and only 58 percent in digging (53 of 91).
Senior Lynn Lieser led the Dogs with nine kills and three blocks. Senior Melanie Mages had seven kills and three blocks. Junior Kristin Lang added five blocks.
Sophomore Kayla Lieser (right) led the Dogs by going 15 for 17 in serve receive against Sauk Centre on Thursday and also added seven digs.
This week, the Dogs (5-9-1) hosted New London-Spicer on Tuesday. They will play at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Thursday and will host Minnewaska on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Sauk Centre 3, Paynesville 0
The Mainstreeters won the first game 25-21 and the second game 25-20, with the Dogs making four service errors in both games.
The Dogs led 12-9 in the first game, but the Streeters answered with a 13-2 run, building a 22-14 lead, and won the game 25-21.
In the second game, the Dogs trailed 16-14 but made four service errors to thwart their rally, losing 25-20.
Trailing two games to none, the Dogs were flat in the third game, losing 25-9.
"Our serving errors throughout the match hurt us," said coach Dawn Knoll. "Eleven service errors in a three-game match are simply too many. When you don't serve well, it takes the entire level of the match down. The team just didn't play well."
Senior Melanie Mages led the Dogs with eight kills, 14 digs, and a perfect 10 of 10 in serve receive.
The Dogs are now 3-8 in the West Central Conference North and tied for fifth with Minnewaska. Cathedral (11-0) leads, with Albany (10-1) second. Melrose and Sauk Centre are tied for third at 8-3. LPGE (2-9) is seventh, and NL-S (0-11) is eighth.
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