By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – It was a round-robin night on Thursday with the Lady Bulldogs playing the Amery Warriors to start things off.
Then Amery played Glenwood City and then to end things the Toppers went head to head against Boyceville in the final two sets.
Amery finished the night with a big goose egg, going 0-2 against the Bulldogs in a 25-21 final and a 25-19 finish.
The Warriors had a fighting chance against the Toppers, but luck was just not on their side as the GC ladies won 25-23 and 25-16.
And to finish the night, the Bulldog went 4-0 after beating the Toppers 25-10 and 25-20.
The Bulldogs took the first point to start against the Toppers but two errors had GC leading 3-1. That quickly changed however with Lexi Peterson serving and soon the Bulldogs were up 10-4.
Kills by Abbey Bird and Mckenzie Schultz had the team up to 16-5 before the Toppers finally got the ball back on a missed block by the Bulldogs.
The ball only sat in their hands for one point and then the Bulldogs were ruthless handing out several more attacks before the game ended on a well placed tip by Bird for the finish of 25-10.
Despite taking a hard one to the chin, the Toppers never faltered in their next set. In fact they came back an entirely different team and it appeared to throw the Bulldogs for a loop.
The second set started with a solo block from Hannah Ludtke, which gave the Toppers their first point. They scored two more times for a short 3-0 lead.
Then a kill by Jenesa Klinger and a tip from Mikaela Voeltz had them up 5-3. This new Topper team had the Bulldogs flustered on their side of the court and quickly the score changed to 9-5.
The ball changed hands and the Bulldogs caught up at 11-10. The game tied at 12’s and 15’s before Cassie Malean landed a kill. However, Voeltz quickly returned the favor and the game was tied again at 16’s.
Hannah laid down two aces to put the Toppers ahead 18-16. The already very vocal Bulldog team turned up the volume then after Bird landed a hard kill and the game was tied at 20’s.
The Bulldogs kept going with their assault and soon they were up two points after the Toppers suffered errors.
Then a serve by Jenna Beyrer put the game at 23-20 and then a tip was landed for their final point before an attack was hit into the net by the Toppers to give the Bulldogs the win.
On the Bulldogs’ team, Malean had the high in kills for the night with eight and Bird and Schultz followed with seven each.
Madysn Riek was a huge presence at the net again and she collected two solo blocks. And Lexi Peterson had 24 assists and one kill herself.
As for the Toppers, they had 20 kills against the Warriors with Samens, Leslie having three, Voeltz, Hannah, Strong and Klinger had two and Becca Moll had one.
Leslie had the two ace serves and Voeltz had one out of a total of 48 serves.
Against the Bulldogs, they had eight kills with Voeltz collecting three, Hannah and Klinger had two and Samens had one.
They served a total of 30 times with three aces from Hannah and one from Leslie and Voeltz.
The Bulldogs also played last Tuesday, September 9 at home against the Owen-Withee Blackhawks. It was a three set match and the Bulldogs started down 19-25 and then 28-30.
Despite seeming to have exhausted all their effort in the second set, the Bulldogs showed no fatigue going into the third as they put the beat down on the Blackhawks and won by ten in the 25-15 final.
This victory brought the match into extra sets as a team needs to win by three. The Blackhawks were back with a surge of momentum in the fourth set, which created some long rallies again. The Bulldogs pulled through and managed to win by two with the final at 26-24.
The fifth set was to 15 points and again this was a close nail biter. The Bulldogs executed the right plays to win their third set by 15-13.
In the five sets, Abbey Bird led in kills with 15 and Cassie Malean followed with seven. Lexi Peterson finished with 26 assists.
The Toppers and Bulldogs were back on the court in Boyceville on Tuesday (Sept. 16) for a conference contest.
Next for the Toppers will be a home match this Thursday, September 18 against Colfax at 7:00 p.m.
As for the Lady Bulldogs, they will be on the road in Mondovi for a match at 7:00 p.m.