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Paynesville Press - October 22, 2003

Bulldogs beat Sauk in volleyball again

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs volleyball team swept Sauk Centre last week to end their regular season in winning fashion.

The Bulldogs picked up their eighth victory on Tuesday, Oct. 14, by beating the Mainstreeters for the second time this fall.

Lynn spiking the ball The Bulldogs won three straight games 25-21, 25-21 again, and 25-15.

"The Bulldogs played with much more consistency and desire than they have shown in the last few matches," said coach Dawn Knoll. "Our passing was much better which led to a more aggressive attacking offense. When our backrow players pass the ball well, it increases the options for the attack."

Sophmore Lynn Lieser was perfect in 19 hitting attempts against Sauk Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 14, going 19/19 with two kills.

"The team was playing within the system and were able to control the tempo of the match as well as the intensity of play," added Knoll. "This was good to see as we enter into the playoffs."

Senior Amanda Glenz led the Dogs with a big game at the net. Despite an injured left hand, Glenz had 11 kills and seven ace blocks.

"The one downfall for the Bulldogs was our serving errors," said Knoll. "Especially when we play rally point, the serving is critical. We gave away nine free points with our service errors."

The Dogs finished the regular season 8-11 overall and 2-8 in the West Central Conference North, with both their wins coming against Sauk Centre.

The Bulldogs will start the subsection playoffs this week. The Bulldogs were seeded sixth in Subsection 17 and will face third-seeded New London-Spicer in the first round. That first game will be at NL-S on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs beat the Wildcats in five sets for their first victory of the season in September.

If the Bulldogs win, they will advance to the subsection semifinals against either #2 BBE or #7 Sauk Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at Osakis.

Sauk Centre--21 21 15
Paynesville--25 25 25

Individual Results
Hitting: Amanda Glenz 22/26 - 11A; Lynn Lieser 19/19 - 2A;
Serving: Kendra Johnson 22/24 - 2A; Brittany Lieser 11/12 - 2A;
Blocks: Glenz 14/15 - 7A; Jessie Virant 5/7 - 2A;
Assists: Amy Roberg 41/41 - 10A; Johnson 39/42 - 8A;
Digs: Lieser 19/24; Johnson 18/20.

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