BOYCEVILLE — Boyceville’s Bulldogs had a preview of last Tuesday’s match against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser just days prior when the two teams met at Fall Creek.
The Tuesday, September 5 home volleyball match paralleled the August 31 one at Fall Creek with the Boyceville ladies taking a game away from the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser squad before falling to the visiting Bulldogs’ in the remaining games.
[emember_protected] Boyceville finished the night with a 3-1 loss after copping a 25-20 win in the first game and then losing the following ones 25-23, 25-16 and 25-17.
Just a few days later, the Lady Bulldogs welcomed the Amery Warriors to their court. The Boyceville ladies took a 3-0 loss after falling 25-18, 25-19 and 25-16 in the September 7 match.
Head coach Keri Peterson and her Boyceville squad are now preparing for their Dunn-St. Croix opener at Durand September 14. They will host Spring Valley September 19.
If the Dunn-St. Croix gave an award for sheer stubborn scrappiness, Keri Peterson’s Boyceville volleyball squad would probably win it.
There is something to be said for a young team willing to pancake on the floor just to set up a scoring shot or return the ball to the other side of the net. The gutsiness displayed by this year’s Lady Bulldogs is something Peterson is happy with, and sees potential in.
“I’m really proud of them,” she said after the September 5 match against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. “They really want to do well, they work really hard, they want to be competitive.”
Despite the Bulldogs’ 3-1 loss against the visiting Chetek-Weyerhaeuser team September 5, the Boyceville girls seem to display a remarkable desire to fight for every point and stay in games until the bitter end.
Take, for instance, Mariah Drury diving for the ball, laying prone on the hardwood as she thrust a fist between the ball and the floor, sending it just high enough for Amber Retzloff to set up an attack shot for Jaida Peterson.
Moments like that have been seen regularly in Boyceville’s matches this season.
The Lady Bulldogs’ led most of the first game to take a 25-20 win over the visiting Bulldogs, but dropped the second after a serving error sent the ball out of bounds to give Chetek-Weyerhaeuser the 25-23 win.
Boyceville was not going to let the third game go without a fight, narrowing the visiting Bulldogs’ lead to just three points before falling away to drop the game 25-16. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser made quick work of the Boyceville squad in the fourth, finishing off the home team 25-17 for the match win.
Jaida Peterson led the Bulldogs’ with four aces and nine kills, while Mariah Drury logged a pair of aces, Haley Wold and Tyler Grambow picked up five kills each, and Retzloff spiked down four scoring shots.
Peterson indicated she is happy with the progress her team is making early in the season.
“As a team, we are gaining confidence with each game,” the Boyceville coach noted. “We’re right in there many games, just losing sets by five or six points.”
The most recent example is the Bulldogs’ September 7 home match against the Amery Warriors. While the home team lost in straight games 25-18, 25-19 and 25-16, the coach is seeing things she likes.
Improved blocking skills are keeping the Boyceville defense alive, but cannot quite make up for missed serves and hitting errors. Even with the errors, the team put together a respectable evening against Amery.
Jaida Peterson earned an ace and logged a trio of kills, as did Hannah Johnson. Senior Haley Wold recorded three kills, and Mariah Drury led the team with four. Amber Retzloff picked up an ace, and provided five assists.
Drury led the team with nine assists. [/emember_protected]