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|Paynesville Press - October 20, 2004|
Volleyballers split with EV-W, Melrose
The Bulldogs volleyball team split two matches during Homecoming last week. The Dogs defeated Eden Valley-Watkins in five sets in a nonconference match on Monday, Oct. 11, but lost to Melrose in four sets in a conference match on Tuesday, Oct. 12.|
The Dogs had a big night at the net against EV-W. Senior Rachael Wendlandt had nine kills and six ace blocks, junior Lynn Lieser had eight kills and four ace blocks, junior Shonda Martinson had seven kills and four ace blocks, and senior Katie Nelson had three ace blocks.
Senior Brittany Lieser had nine kills and nine ace serves.
After dropping the first set, the Dogs won the second and third sets by identical 25-21 margins. EV-W won the fourth set to force a deciding fifth set, but the Dogs won that 15-12.
Coach Dawn Knoll thought the team might have had trouble getting focused since it was Parents Night and Senior Recognition Night and players emotions might have run to high. "The win was an important one in the standings for the playoff race," added Knoll, since EV-W and the Dogs are in the same subsection.
This week, the Dogs (8-9 overall) played their final conference match at Sauk Centre on Tuesday. The varsity and junior varsity will play in a tournament at Sartell on Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. (There is no school on Wednesday for a teacher in-service and no school on Thursday or Friday this week for the Education Minnesota conven-tion, commonly known as MEA break.)
Next week, the Dogs will start the subsection playoffs.
Melrose 3, Paynesville 1
Melrose used a strong start to win the first two sets, 25-13 and 25-19.
The Dogs (3-6 in conference) rallied to win the third set, 25-23, but lost the fourth set to the Dutchmen 25-17.
"The Bulldogs were not hitting the ball very hard during this match," said Knoll. "We need to focus on the fundamentals that were so strong during the beginning of the season. It is hard to get good sets and attacks when we are not passing the ball well. We have some time to find that killer instinct."
The Bulldogs hit at 85 percent (105/123) but had only 17 kills, all by Brittany Lieser (seven), Martinson (five), and Wendlandt (five).
The Dogs did have 21 ace blocks, led by Lynn Lieser with six, Martin-son with five, and Nelson and Wendlandt with four each.
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