The post-Labor Day schedule was a busy one for the Boyceville volleyball team.
In just a two-day period last week, the Lady Bulldogs played six matches and 13 sets of volleyball with mixed results.
After opening the season with victories in seven of its eight matches, Boyceville dropped four of five this past Saturday in a round-robin tournament in Cadott.
The week started well for the Bulldogs, now 8-5, as they swept the Amery Warriors at home Thursday, September 10 in three sets.
An early morning trip to Cadott a few days later on September 12, got off to a rousing beginning with a two set to nothing victory against Birchwood but quickly went south as Boyceville dropped its final four matches of the tourney including two to a pair of teams it had already beaten. The Bulldogs fell in straight sets to solid teams from Colby and Cadott and were also beaten two sets to one by Ladysmith and Owen-Withee, teams they had already scored match victories against this season.
It took the Bulldogs little more than an hour to take three straight sets and the non-conference match from the visiting Warriors of Amery High School Thursday, September 10.
Despite playing a school twice its size, enrollment-wise, Boyceville had little trouble taking down Amery.
The Bulldogs opened with a 25-17 set-one win. They also won the second set by the same count, 25-17.
In the third set, Boyceville opened up a 17-8 advantage but Amery, behind some strong service runs, was able to narrow the gap to just two-points. The Bulldogs however, closed out the match for a 25-22 win and the match.
Head Coach Corrie Roemhild said that while her players worked extremely hard throughout Saturday’s tournament in Cadott, the Bulldogs were just unable to put the pieces together for a few more wins.
A tight tournament schedule, which was supposed to be an eight-team, two division format that turned into a six-team round-robin tourney after two squads were unable to attend, gave teams little time to recover between matches that went on for nearly six hours.
The Bulldogs also had just completed a full-week of homecoming activities.
Despite that, Boyceville looked rested and ready to go in the opening match against Birchwood. The Bulldogs cleared up quickly, winning in two sets – 25-10 and 25-16.
Boyceville, however, would struggle at times in its next four matches.
After dropping the opening set to Ladysmith 18-25, Boyceville rebounded for a two-point win in set two, 26-24. The Lumberjills flipped the result in the decisive third set winning 13-15. Boyceville had beaten Ladysmith two sets to one in its own quad a few weeks prior.
Boyceville faced off against host Cadott in the third round. The Lady Hornets took both sets from the Bulldogs, 17-25 and 16-25.
Its next opponent, Colby, delivered Boyceville another two-set loss. The Bulldogs fell 19-25 and 18-25.
Boyceville found itself against a familiar foe in the final round as it took on Owen-Withee, whom the Bulldogs had beaten twice the previous week. But the Blackhawks got their revenge knocking off the Bulldogs in three sets. Boyceville lost 13-25 in the first set but came back to take the second set in a close battle, 25-22. In the deciding third set, Owen-Withee came out on top of a 15-10 final score for the match win.
No individual or team statistics for any of last week’s match were available to press time.
Boyceville opened Dunn-St. Croix conference play last evening at home against Mondovi. The Bulldogs will have the rest of the week off to rest and prepare for Plum City, who comes to Boyceville next Tuesday, September 22.