By Kelsie Hoitomt
FALL CREEK — It was a bit of a rough evening last Thursday in Fall Creek as the Lady Bulldogs went 1-2 on the court with a win against Eau Claire Immanuel and losses to Owen-Withee and Fall Creek.
“The girls played pretty well against Immanuel. A few times they started to go on a run and we were able to stop them and turn the momentum in our favor. We did have a few unforced errors like not communicating or serve errors that needed to be corrected,” explain coach Taryn Score.
The Bulldogs fought hard through the first set against Immanuel as they squeezed by with a two-point lead of 27-25. Their second set was less of a nail-biter as they won 25-17.
April Lake led the team in kills that match with five; Mckenzie Schultz and Abbey Bird had four each. Also scoring points for the team was Alexa Peterson with three service aces.
The second match against Owen-Withee saw a close first set with the Bulldogs losing by just three points in a 25-22 final. The second set was won by a slightly bigger margin with the Lady Dogs losing 25-18.
“We did not talk much and our playing reflected that. We were slow moving to the ball and just not our game,” said Score of the teams’ first loss of the night.
Despite the loss, the Bulldogs still had ten kills with Bird slamming down four, Lake had two and Kennedy Hellmann, Madysn Riek, Peterson and Schultz each had one. Bird and Hellmann each had two service aces as well and Lake had one.
“It was the ability of this group of girls to recollect themselves and play much better against Fall Creek. We still had some let downs, but we were able to battle against a hard hitting Fall Creek team,” said Score.
And battle is what the Bulldogs did in their first game against Fall Creek as they went down swinging with a two point loss of 25-23. Their second set ended with a 25-19 final.
This time around it was Schultz that led the team in attacks with four kills. Riek, Lake and Bird each had two. Those four ladies also chalked up a service ace each for an additional four points scored in the match.
“I was happy with the way Hellmann stepped into the leadership roll, trying to attack and keep us going when we were struggling against O-W. Schultz did an excellent job playing right side all the way around. And Peterson worked hard to get the sets to our hitters and did a nice job mixing it up, “ shared Score.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play their last non-conference quad of the season this Thursday in Amery with Osceola and Glenwood City also participating.