On September 2, the Bulldogs lost to Albany, an experienced team. The Huskies swept the Bulldogs with scores of 15-4, 15-4, and 15-3.
With only three returning starters, Paynesville's inexperience really showed against Albany, who continually dominates the West Central Conference North. In addition, the Huskies returned nearly all their team, which took third place at State last year.
The Bulldogs were led by sophomores Carrie Hemmesch and Tanya Lieser. Hemmesch served nine out of nine, while Lieser served seven out of eight and recorded nine hits and 10 blocks.
On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Bulldogs traveled to Sauk Centre to face the Mainstreeters.
The Dogs came out slow in the first game, allowing Sauk Centre to score nine points before Paynesville got a sideout. The girls played hard the rest of the game, but lost 15-9.
After a tough 15-2 loss in the second game, the Bulldogs pulled together to show the Streeters what they could do. Scrappy defense by the back row helped guide the Bulldogs to their first win of the season with a score of 15-9.
Looking for another win in the fourth game, the girls gave it everything they had, but lost 15-9.
Throughout the four games, the Bulldogs slammed down 15 ace hits, seven of which belonged to Tanya Lieser. Steph Mueller served 13 out of 15 with three aces, and Mackenzie Merrill had five assists for the Bulldogs.
Last night, the Bulldogs played against the Litchfield Dragons at home, and Thursday, they will face the LPGE Thunder at home. B-squad starts at 6:30 p.m., with varsity beginning at 7:30 p.m. Results for both games will be in next week's Paynesville Press.
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