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Lady Bulldogs start week 6-0 after beating Panthers and Cardinals

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Lady Bulldogs were on the court Tuesday night for a match against St. Croix Central that lasted four sets with the Panthers losing 3-1.

The Bulldogs were then on the road Thursday to play in Spring Valley and that evening ended in a three set victory for Boyceville.

Against Central, the Bulldogs were off their game in the first set with several fundamental errors called including lifts or bumping into the net.

These errors plagued the Bulldogs the first go around and eventually were called on both teams as the evening progressed.

At one time in the first set, the Bulldogs trailed 23-19 before they came together and put attacks in motion.

Cassie Malean was showing her strength from the left corner with a kill and then a tip to put the score at 22-23.

Maddy Riek then landed two kills and McKenzie Schultz placed a tip for a lead of 26-25.

The Bulldogs finished with the win of 27-25 after the Panthers were called on a lift.

The second set went back and forth score wise with the Bulldogs trailing 7-10 and then leading at 11-10 before falling behind again 17-20.

Some minor errors effected them in the end and they lost 23-25, which gave the Panthers their only win of the night.

Schultz carried the team through with a serving run in the second set that brought the score out to 10-9.

Lexi Peterson put up some low floating sets to Riek and she smashed them down to the floor to keep the Bulldogs alive.

Between Riek, Malean and Abbey Bird, the Bulldogs stayed a top the Panthers by one point until game tied at 23-23.

Riek landed a final kill and then she jumped up for a solo block, which ricocheted the ball off her hands and down to the floor for the win of 26-24.

The win gave the Bulldogs some breathing room, but they still had one more set to go in order to finish the night off in victory.

The fourth set saw the Panthers lose all steam and motivation as the Bulldogs pulled away with a 5-1 lead and then an 11-6 lead with the help of solid attacks from Malean.

The Bulldogs finished off Central with a score of 25-13 for their fifth straight conference win.

Bird led in kills with 11 and she also had nine digs. Malean followed with ten kills and four digs as well as one ace.

Riek collected seven kills and one ace. Peterson finished the night with one ace also and two digs and 25 assists.

On Thursday, the Bulldogs finished with three wins, but they did not come easy as the scores were 25-22, 25-12 and then 27-25.

Statistics wise, Bird and Malean were on top for attacks with seven kills each. Malean had a service ace and four digs and Bird had seven digs also.

Riek finished with four kills and an ace. Erica Sempf had two kills. Peterson landed two aces and had 20 assists. And Jenna Beyrer led in digs with eight.

The Bulldogs were 6-0 in the conference going into their game Tuesday night (Oct. 7) against Colfax. As of Monday, Colfax, Elk Mound and Boyceville were all undefeated.

The Bulldogs will go on to play the Mounders Thursday night (Oct. 9) at home starting at 7:00 p.m.