Bulldog netters continue to climb in DSC standings

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Boyceville volleyball team earned a pair of wins last week as they hosted the St. Croix Central Panthers on Tuesday, October 2  and then they traveled to Spring Valley on Thursday.

The Bulldogs swept the Panthers in three sets,  at home with wins of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-21 to give them a 5-2 record in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.

“The girls started the match off very strong, playing well. April Lake swung strong in the first game as did Abbey Bird. Our first three servers, Kysa Franseen, Alexa Peterson and Emma Lorenz all went on serving runs that helped. McKenzie Schultz served during the third game and also went on a run,” explained coach Taryn Score.

Peterson had six service aces and 21 set assists, Franseen had four services aces and Bird led the night in attack attempts with 21.

“It was not our best match of the season, but I know some of the girls are fighting off illnesses so it was a good win for us,” said Score.

Win on the road

The Bulldogs increased their record to 6-2 and moved into third place in the conference standing, after going 3-1 against the Spring Valley Cardinals on Thursday evening, October 4.

The game started off quite interesting as there was a water main break in the high school so the match had to be moved to the elementary school and there was a decent crowd due to it being parent’s night as well.

The Bulldogs started off rather slow as they let the Cardinals get a jump on them in the first set, which they ended up losing 21-25.

Once the first game was out of the way, the Bulldogs bounced back and completely took control of the match as they crushed the Cardinals 25-12, 25-8 and 25-12.

“I was a little worried it may turn into a long night, but the girls dug their heels in and began to play the way they know how with good passes, strong attacks and lots of movement and talking,” said Score.

It was a huge night of serving as Franseen served 23 times with seven of them being aces. Peterson served 20 times, earning six aces and Lorenz served 21 times.

There were 112 total attack attempts with 44 of them connecting. Lorenz had the highest amount of attempts with 38.

Lake led the team in solo blocks with four and Bird and Kennedy Hellmann worked in the back row to help collect several of the 56 total digs.

“This was a hard hitting, hard serving, fun match to be a part of,” said Score. “The girls left the floor having worked hard, but knowing they deserved the win”.

The Bulldogs played their final regular season match on Tuesday against the number two ranked team in the DSC, the Colfax Vikings.

Boyceville will host the Spring Valley Cardinals on Tuesday, October 16 for the first round of WIAA Division 3 regional play.