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|Paynesville Press - October 26, 2005|
Dogs sweep Waska in conference finale
The Bulldogs volleyball team ended their conference schedule with a sweep of Minnewaska on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The victory sealed a fifth-place finish for the Dogs in the West Central Conference North.|
The Dogs avenged a five-set loss to the Lakers at Minnewaska in September.
"This was a good match for us," said coach Dawn Knoll. "We were able to come up against an opponent that had our number the first time we played and to play with the desire and intensity to win with authority."
The Dogs took control of the match with a 13-2 run in the first set. The Lakers took a 14-9 lead, but the Dogs came roaring back. Senior Melanie Mages served seven straight points as the Dogs took the lead 17-14. Senior Kristin Nietfeld had a key kill for a side out, and then the Dogs scored four straight points again to lead 22-16. They won the first set 25-19.
The Dogs led in the second set, but a Minnewaska rally forced extra points. The Dogs led 22-19 before the Lakers scored four straight points and took a 23-22 lead. The Dogs and Lakers traded points, and the score was still tied at 25-25. Mages got a kill for a sideout and the 26th point, and junior Kristin Lang served an ace for a 27-25 win.
Senior Ashley Lieser started the third set with an ace, and the Dogs jumped to leads of 3-0, 13-4, and 16-8. Minnewaska rallied to get within 18-13, but Paynesville got a sideout and junior Amanda Lieser served six straight points, including two aces, as the Dogs won 25-13.
Senior Lynn Lieser led the Dogs with eight kills and four blocks. Mages had six kills and led the team with 14 digs.
The Dogs had 14 ace serves, with Lang leading with four and Amanda Lieser, Ashley Lieser, and Mages each having three.
The Dogs, with the win, finished their conference schedule with a record of 6-8, finishing fifth in the WCC North. Cathedral won the title by going 14-0. Sauk Centre was second at 11-3, Albany third at 10-4, and Melrose fourth at 8-6. LPGE and Minnewaska tied at 4-10, and NL-S finished 0-14.
The Dogs were seeded fourth in Subsection 17. Subsection seedings were: (1) BBE; (2) Sauk Centre; (3) Albany; (4) Paynesville; (5) EV-W; (6) LPGE; (7) Osakis; (8) Holdingford; (9) New London-Spicer.
The Dogs will host EV-W on Friday at 7 p.m. in the subsection quarterfinals. If they win, the Dogs would advance to the subsection semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 1, where they would play either BBE, Holdingford, or NL-S at 7 p.m.
The subsection final will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, also at 7 p.m.
The Dogs beat Red Lake Falls in pool play but lost to St. Cloud Cathedral and New Ulm. In the fifth-place match, the Dogs beat Foley to take fifth.
Sartell beat Cathedral for first, while New Ulm beat Morris for third, and Red Lake Falls beat Chisago Lakes for seventh.
The Dogs started with a two-set loss to Cathedral, 25-18 and 15-14. "They are a strong team, but we held our own through most of the match," said coach Dawn Knoll.
Against New Ulm, the Dogs won the first set 25-22 but lost the second set 25-17 and the tie-breaking third set 15-9. "This was a good match for both teams," said Knoll. "Our attack was not as strong as it needed to be. We need to put the ball to the floor for points."
The Dogs finally got a victory against Red Lake Falls, sweeping the two-set match 25-15 and 25-19. "This was a good match for the Bulldogs," said Knoll. "We hit the ball well. A kill percentage of 41 percent will usually translate into very good things."
In the fifth-place match against Foley, the Dogs won two sets by identical 25-22 scores. "We played well as a team in this match," said Knoll. "Overall, this is a good tournament as we head into playoffs."
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