By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville volleyball team faced off against the top two teams in the conference this past week; the Colfax Vikings and Elk Mound Mounders.
Both the Bulldogs and the Vikings were undefeated going into Tuesday night’s contest, but the victor was Colfax in a three-set match.
The Mounders beat St. Croix Central Tuesday to remain undefeated going into Boyceville’s home game Thursday.
The Bulldogs’ record went to 5-2 after losing in three sets of 25-12, 25-10 and 25-18 to the Mounders.
It was a battle of the undefeated on Tuesday night and the Vikings prevailed by dominating all three sets in finals of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-16.
The Vikings were in total control from the get go with a strong lead of 11-4 in the first set and then 22-12 before they finished with the win.
The second set was more evenly matched with the score tied several times including at 6’s, 10’s and 13’s before the Vikings pulled away.
The Bulldogs brought the score within three points after two strong serves by Hannah Guy and a block by Lexi Peterson and Erica Sempf.
Marki Lagerstrom served up two more points and Peterson and Madysn Riek blocked up front to put the score at 23-20, but Kori Buchanan fired in two kills to give the Vikings the win.
The Bulldogs entered the third set without their attack leader Abbey Bird due an injury suffered early in the previous set.
The Vikings quickly took over with a lead of 8-2, but the theme of the night seemed to be that of a “yo-yo” as the Bulldogs brought the score back to within three.
The Dogs were down 14-11 before falling back down to 18-11. They jumped up 16 points before Colfax secured their victory with some hard kills.
On Thursday night, the Mounders completely dominated the court against the Bulldogs. Their team of seniors proved to be a force to reckon with.
The Bulldogs were unable to get their attacks past the Mounder’s hands. They were a wall on blocks and the majority of the balls bounced off their hands, back to the Bulldogs and the girls were not able to react fast enough.
Elly Friberg landed the victory kills in both the first and second set.
The third set was the Bulldogs’ best performance. They were up 7-6 and then 9-7 with the help of a solo block my Mckenzie Schultz and a kill by her as well.
With Bird out, Schultz’s senior leadership really stepped up at the net. Cassie Malean, Riek and Sempf also played important roles at the net.
Malean landed a kill to put them ahead 11-10. She also did a fantastic job of taking digs off of the Mounder’s attacks.
Despite their efforts in the third set, the Bulldogs began to trail at 16-20 and soon the game was all over with the Mounders ending things at 25-18.
The Bulldogs had a match in Elmwood Tuesday night and they will be in Shell Lake on Saturday for a Triangular that is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.
They will then begin their Regional play on Tuesday, October 24.