BOYCEVILLE — For a second straight year, Boyceville showed itself to be the best team at its annual home quadrangular meet.
Once again, the Bulldogs defeated Cornell, Ladysmith and Flambeau for a perfect 3-0 match record last Thursday, August 28 to claim the meet title for a second consecutive season and fourth time in the past five years.
Boyceville won six of the seven games it played. It’s lone loss came at the hands of Ladysmith but Boyceville rebounded to win the decisive third game and the match, 2-1. The Bulldogs swept East Lakeland Conference members Cornell and Flambeau, two games to nil.
Boyceville looked solid in its first official matches of the 2015 season. Cassie Malean, Hannah Guy, Erica Sempf, Morgan Kuhn, Madysn Riek under the senior leadership of Abby Lorenz, Jenna Beyrer and Marki Lagerstrom helped the Bulldogs dominate play in the four-team meet.
The Bulldogs opened the quad with a quick two-game sweep of the Chieftains from Cornell. Madysn Riek was lethal from the service line, hitting 13 winners including eight straight to close out a 25-7 Boyceville victory in game one. Riek continued her roll in the second game as she picked up another eight service points en route to a 25-17 Bulldogs’ win and sweep.
The Ladysmith Lumberjills proved a formidable, middle-round foe for Boyceville. The ‘Jills pushed the Bulldogs to three games before falling two games to one.
Boyceville scored a tight 25-22 win in the opening contest with Ladysmith. The Lumberjills rebounded in the second game for a 25-21 as Alyssa Read and Abby Bullard combined for 15 service winners for the Lumberjills.
In the third and final game, Erica Sempf opened with four straight service points and the Bulldogs never trailed. Despite a seven-point Ladysmith run that pulled it to within a point of Boyceville, the Bulldogs hung on to lead and took the 15-11 win.
Boyceville’s game-three win served as a springboard into the Flambeau match which the locals dominated, winning both games by double digits. Game one went to Boyceville by a 25-11 count with the Bulldogs closing out the match and quadrangular with a 25-12 game two win over the Falcons.
Boyceville has a pair of road games this week before breaking for the Labor Day holiday. The Bulldogs were in Owen-Withee Monday night, August 31, for a match and will be in Fall Creek this Thursday, September 3 for a quad where they will see Owen-Withee again along with Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and host Fall Creek. Boyceville will then be idle until the following Thursday, September 10, when they host Amery.