By Kelsie Hoitomt
FALL CREEK – The lady Bulldog’s traveled to Fall Creek to play in a quad against the host Crickets, the Owen-Withee Blackhawks and the Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran Lancers on Tuesday, August 28.
The Bulldogs arrived in Fall Creek hot off a winning streak at home, but they fell apart on the road.
The first match was against the lady Lancers and the Bulldogs fell short, losing both sets 22-25 and 20-25.
“We battled pretty well against EC Immanuel. Our Middle was on a family trip so that meant we had girls playing in different positions. Overall they adjusted pretty well. we had eight serving errors and did not attack as much as we should have. We gave up too many easy free balls which Immanuel was able to convert to attacks at us. It was a good learning experience for the players and a test to see how they handled not having our senior on the floor,” explained coach Taryn Score.
Individually against the Lancers, April Lake had three solo blocks and 22 attack attempts. Kennedy Hellmann served four aces. Alexa Peterson had twelve set assists and Abbey Bird had 17 serve receives.
The second match was against the Blackhawks who went 9-0 in their conference last year, which showed as they beat the Bulldogs 25-17 and 25-10.
“The girls started off alright against them, but we never really got going. WE only had three kills in the entire match, some credit to O-W but also, we as a team did not go on the offensive and put the ball away when we had opportunities. As our communication on the court began to break down so did our passing. When you struggle as a team to pass the ball it can become a very frustrating game,” said Score.
The game leaders were Lake with ten attack attempts, Hellmann with one ace serve and Peterson with two assists.
The third and final match was against the Crickets, which again ended in a Bulldog loss of 25-13 and 25-11.
“The girls did not communicate much and overall did not play well or as a team. We are taking this quad as a lesson learned about the importance of communication and believing in each other because when those things do not happen, it makes for a long and not very fun game,” shared Score.
The game leaders were Lake with 11 attack attempts, nine of which were successful by the Bulldogs. Peterson had three ace serves and seven assists. There were 23 digs and two solo blocks.
The lady Bulldogs have their next game on Thursday, September 6 where they will be hosting a quad.