The Bulldogs played Sauk Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 5, which was their Homecoming game. Sauk Centre is leading the conference and showed why against the Bulldogs.
Steph Krupke (pictured at right), a setter for the Bulldogs, led the team in ace assists with four and Tanya Lieser led the team in ace hits with seven.
The girls had a tough time starting off the first game with a loss 15-2.
The Bulldogs played better in the second set, actually leading at 8-7, but the Mainstreeters had a run at the end of the game to win 15-10. Sauk Centre closed out the match with a 15-7 victory in the third set.
Serving: Steph Krupke 10/10; Joy Hemmesch 9/9-1A;
Digging: Tanya Lieser 14/16; Carrie Hemmesch 12/14;
Setting: Krupke 47/47-4A; Jenni Mayer 20/22-3A;
Hitting: Lieser 26/31-7A; J. Hemmesch 8/11-2A; Courtney Karsch 14/14-2A;
Ace blocks: Lieser 2; Mayer 1.
On Thursday, Oct. 7, the Bulldogs traveled to St. Cloud Cathedral. The Dogs knew that they had to play tough and be aggressive. They had beaten Cathedral in five at home, so they really wanted to do the same.
All the players really had some great plays and they stuck together in some tight situations.
Krupke led the team in ace serves with three and also had 18 assists for the team. Also doing a good job was Jenni Mayer, right behind Krupke with 12 assists.
But the girls didn't pull through and lost the match in four games.
Serving: Steph Krupke 14/14-3A; Courtney Karsch 11/13-2A;
Digging: Carrie Hemmesch 24/29; Krupke 17/20;
Setting: Krupke 68/71-18A; Jenni Mayer 43/45-12A;
Hitting: Tanya Lieser 37/46-15A; C. Hemmesch 20/24-5A; Joy Hemmesch 18/22-4A;
Ace blocks: Lieser 6; Katie Wright 2.
The volleyball team had to get up a little early on Saturday to play at a tournament in Minnewaska. They played their first game at 8 a.m. against West Central.
The Bulldogs started off great in the first game and won, but, in the second game, something switched on them and they lost.
The Bulldogs then had to play the tough home team, Minnewaska. The girls had some tough spots and that caused them to lose these two games as well.
After that game they realized they really had to pick it up, get intense, and play as a team to win their next game. They really played well in the first set against Hancock. They had some great saves, plays, and teamwor, and they had fun. They won the first game 15-8.
Their intensity level dropped slightly in the second game, which led to an exciting ending. The Bulldogs were down by a lot of points and came back to win by a score of 16-14, ending the tournament on a great note.
It was really great because everyone got to play and everyone did well. Also, three junior varsity players played and helped out a lot. So good job to Katrina Orbeck, Katie Wright, and Heidi Jansen.
The girls had a game yesterday at home against LPGE and their next game is Friday at Melrose. They hope you can make it.
The junior varsity tournament on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Minnewaska will start at 9 a.m.
Hitting: Joy Hemmesch 27/34-12A; Carrie Hemmesch 24/28-5A; Tanya Lieser 39/52-21A;
Digging: Courtney Karsch 16/18; Lieser 32/35;
Ace assists: Steph Krupke 27; Jenni Mayer 15;
Serving: Karsch 15/17-2A; Krupke 15/17-1A; Lieser 12/24-6A; Carrie Hemmesch 12/13-1A.
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