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|Paynesville Press - October 19, 2005|
Netters triumph in two five-setters
The Paynesville Bulldogs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat LPGE three straight games on the road on Thursday and win their second five-set victory of the week.|
LPGE won the first two sets, both close affairs, 25-22 and 28-26, to take a 2-0 lead. On the verge of defeat, the Dogs dominated the third and fourth sets, 25-15 and 25-11, and won a closer fifth set 15-11 for the win.
"After a slow start in games 1 and 2, we decided to play volleyball like we could," said coach Dawn Knoll.
Senior Lynn Lieser led the Dogs with 25 kills, 24 digs, and five blocks. Knoll said that Lieser had "a career night." "She showed the team and the opponents her ability to pick the defense apart," said Knoll.
Senior Amanda Skalicky was a perfect 18 of 18 in digging in the Dogs' victory over LPGE and had two ace serves against NL-S.
The Dogs served 91 percent as a team, received serve at 87 percent, dug the ball at 91 percent, and hit 85 percent, including 33 percent kills.
Knoll praised sophomore Laura Schaefer for coming off the bench and playing an excellent outside hitter, growing more and more confident as the match progressed. Schaefer had seven kills and four ace serves.
Knoll also praised junior Amanda Lieser and senior Amanda Skalicky for their backrow defense and senior Ashley Lieser for her setting. Skalicky was 18 of 18 in digs, and Amanda Lieser was perfect in eight dig attempts. Ashley Lieser was 133 of 134 in setting.
Junior Kristin Lang led the Dogs in serving, going 31 of 33 with six aces. She also had seven kills.
Junior Amanda Lieser was 12 for 12 serving against NL-S with three aces and was 6 of 7 against LPGE with two aces.
Senior Melanie Mages was second on the team with eight kills.
This week, the Dogs (7-9-1 overall, 5-8 in the WCC North) faced Minne-waska on Tuesday in their last conference match. Going into the match, the Dogs were in fifth place in the conference, with Minne-waska a game back in sixth.
On Thursday, the Dogs will play their last regular season games in a tourney at Sartell starting at 9 a.m.
Next week, the Dogs will start the subsection playoffs on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Paynesville 3, NL-S 2
The Dogs, who swept the Wildcats in three sets in September, appeared on the verge of sweeping the Cats again when they won the first two sets 25-12 and 25-19. But NL-S rallied to win the third set 25-23 and then won the fourth set 25-15, forcing a decisive fifth set.
The Dogs rebounded to win that set 15-10 and the match.
"Serving was our downfall tonight," said coach Dawn Knoll. "We gave away too many free points by serving the ball out or into the net. We didn't play well but were able to come away with the win."
The Dogs had 13 service errors and served only 87 percent.
Senior Melanie Mages led the Dogs with 12 kills and added two blocks. Senior Lynn Lieser added nine kills and three blocks. Three players - junior Kristin Lang, junior Chelsey Kalkbrenner, and senior Shonda Martinson - added six kills each. Lang led the Dogs with four blocks. Kalkbrenner led the Dogs with 24 digs.
Sophomore Kayla Lieser was 14 of 16 in serve receiving, leading the team, and 14 of 15 in digging.
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