By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The Lady Bulldogs looked like a well oiled machine on Thursday night during their home quad against Flambeau, Cornell and Ladysmith.
They played in a scrimmage earlier in the week, but this was their first time getting a real game in this season and the outcome was perfection with six wins and zero losses.
The girls were near perfection with Marki Lagerstrom as Libero, taking digs in the back row alongside Cassie Malean. Lexi Peterson was the nucleus of the team again this year as she ran and set the ball to Abbey Bird, Madysn Riek, Erika Sempf and McKenzie Schultz.
The attackers were on point with a few minor errors of the ball falling into the net or out of bounds, but their swings were solid.
Their first match of the night was against Cornell and the Bulldogs finished with two wins of 25-7 and 25-12.
Riek laid down the first kill of the night as well as the first ace serve. She ended up going on a 17 point serving run with six aces, which put the Bulldogs ahead 20-4.
In the second set, Peterson had an ace to start the game and then Sempf followed with a kill. The crack of a palm hitting the ball echoed in the gym as Bird’s arm warmed up.
The Bulldogs finished that set on top with a 25-12 victory.
Next up was Ladysmith and the Bulldogs finished on top of that match as well with both sets won by a score of 25-18.
Ladysmith was a taller team with heavy hitters as well, but errors plagued them, which allowed a composed Bulldog crew to pull ahead.
The girls did struggled some in the final set and their score sat at 24 until the ball finally fell out of bounds for the win.
To end the night, the Bulldogs finished with two final victories over Flambeau. The first set ended like the others with a 25-18 score, but the second set was a nail biter.
Flambeau wasn’t going down without a true fight so they swung harder and landed solid attacks against the Bulldogs to keep the game close.
After five and a half games, the Bulldogs were tiring but they managed to keep it together enough to win by two points in a 25-13 final.
Next on the schedule for the Bulldogs is a varsity tournament on this Thursday, September 4 in Fall Creek starting at 4:00 p.m.