By Cara L. Dempski
It was a busy week to be a Bulldog.
Boyceville’s volleyball squad kicked off the final week before the school year got underway with seven matches in a four-day span.
[emember_protected] The rapid-fire schedule began last Monday, August 28 with a road trip to Somerset. While the Lady Bulldogs stayed in the fight against the Spartans, the home team logged 25-20, 25-17 and 25-16 game wins to take the overall victory.
There was no rest for the Bulldogs, who welcomed South Shore, Spring Valley and Lake Holcombe to Boyceville for a quad the very next day, August 29. The ladies blew past South Shore and Lake Holcombe for 2-0 wins in the first and third matches, but dropped a match to conference foe Spring Valley one set to two to end the evening at 2-1.
The Boyceville ladies capped their week with a trip for another quadrangular at Fall Creek where they faced the host Crickets, the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Bulldogs and Owen-Withee’s Lady Blackhawks. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Fall Creek in straight sets, and were felled by Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and Owen-Withee 1-2.
The Lady Bulldogs headed into the Labor Day holiday weekend with a 5-4 record.
They faced Chetek-Weyerhaeuser at Boyceville September 5, and will host Amery September 7 before taking a week off prior to prepare for the September 14 conference opener in Durand.
Boyceville’s head coach, Keri Peterson, said the team struggled to mount an offense despite strong defensive play against the Spartans.
“We can’t win ball games without an offense, so we will continue to work to improve our play,” Peterson said.
Information provided by the Bulldog coach indicated the Boyceville ladies stuck close to Somerset in the first set, losing with a score of just 25-20. This appeared to have slipped in the second and third when the Bulldogs lost 25-17 and 25-16.
Peterson indicated the team logged just 10 kills in the match with most players being credited with only one or two kills apiece.
Peterson said she used several different lineups in Boyceville’s second quad of the season August 29.
“We’re working to find a line-up that uses our players’ talents best, and gives us the most success as a team,” she explained. “I give the girls credit for being flexible and trying their best with the many adjustments that were made.”
The Lady Dogs ended up 2-1 in the best-of-three quad held last Thursday after besting South Shore and Lake Holcomb 2-0, but falling to Spring Valley 1-2.
Hannah Johnson, Alyx Bloom and Mariah Drury each logged four kills in the Bulldogs’ 25-16 and 25-19 wins over the South Shore Cardinals. The evening’s other victory came with 25-13 and 25-20 game wins over the Chieftains of Lake Holcomb.
Jaida Peterson earned 10 digs in the game, while Mariah Drury logged four aces and four kills. Tyra Kostman also recorded kills, but Haley Wold led the team with six.
Alyx Bloom recorded three aces in the match.
The home team’s only loss of the evening came at the hands of another set of Cardinals. The Lady Bulldogs played with energy in the first two games, winning the first 25-21 before falling to Spring Valley 25-22 in the second.
“We took ourselves out of the third set with our mental errors,” Peterson said. “Our passes were not on target, and that frustrated us, creating chaos on the floor.”
The Lady Bulldogs succumbed to the Cards in their final game, 15-5, to ultimately lose the match.
Jaida Peterson again led in digs, adding 14 to her credit for the night. Amber Retzloff provided eight assists, and Drury set up four scoring opportunities. Taylor Grambow led the team against Spring Valley with six kills.
Fall Creek quad
Results listed at Maxpreps.com indicate the Lady Bulldogs fell to Fall Creek in two games after the Crickets smacked Boyceville down 25-14 and 25-17.
The only results available prior to publication for the Bulldog battles with Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and the Owen-Withee Blackhawks indicate Boyceville lost to both teams 1-2. [/emember_protected]