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Paynesville Press - October 20, 2004

Volleyballers split with EV-W, Melrose

By Michael Jacobson

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.

EV-W--25 21 21 25 12
Paynesville--17 25 25 19 15

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Rachael Wendlandt 20/24 - 9A; Lynn Lieser 19/19 - 8A; Shonda Martinson 16/16 - 7A; Brittany Lieser 16/20 - 9A; Mel Mages 2/2 - 2A; Kendra Johnson 2/2 - 2A; Team 86/100 - 39A;
Serving: Wendlandt 28/28 - 1A; Brittany Lieser 17/21 - 9A; Johnson 13/16; Lynn Lieser 10/11 - 2A; Ashley Lieser 8/8 - 1A; Team 89/100 - 15A;
Blocks: Wendlandt 6A; Lynn Lieser 4A; Martinson 4A; Katie Nelson 3A; Mages 1A; Sam Moser 1A;
Assists: Johnson 46/50 - 17A; Ashley Lieser - 15A; Team 92/99 - 33A;
Digs: Brittany Lieser 9/11; Kayla Mackedanz 9/13; Team 39/56.

Melrose 3, Paynesville 1
Melrose secured second place in the West Central Conference North by beating the Bulldogs 3-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

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.

Melrose--25 25 23 25
Paynesville--13 19 25 17

Individual Statistics
Hitting: Martinson 15/26 - 5A; Lynn Lieser 22/24; Wendlandt 20/23 - 5A; Brittany Lieser 15/17 - 7A; Team 105/123 - 17A;
Serving: Ashley Lieser 16/16 - 2A; Wendlandt 15/15 - 1A; Brittany Lieser 11/13 - 1A; Johnson 9/10; Lynn Lieser 7/7; Ashley Spanier 3/3 - 1A; Team 67/72 - 5A;
Blocks: Lynn Lieser 6A; Martinson 5A; Nelson 4A; Wendlandt 4A; Mages 2A;
Assists: Johnson 45/52 - 13A; Ashley Lieser 39/41 - 3A; Team 92/101 - 16A;
Digs: Mages 10/12; Johnson 10/10; Team 46/57.

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