By Cara L. Dempski
DURAND — The Lady Bulldogs got their first taste of Dunn-St. Croix competition this season, and it did not go as planned.
Boyceville traveled to Durand Thursday, September 14 for a match-up with the Panthers, and returned home later that evening after three sets to one loss left them with a 5-7 record overall, and 0-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix.
[emember_protected] According to head coach Keri Peterson, the Lady Dogs were their own worst enemy to open the match.
“We didn’t help ourselves in the first set by having way too many service errors,” she said. “We came back in the third set with strong hitting and better serving to win that set.”
The Boyceville ladies’ dropped the first set 25-14 before falling 25-17 in the second. Their competitive side came out in the third, which the Bulldogs took 25-23 before falling casualty to the Panthers again in the third with a 25-17 for the match loss.
Peterson said the Bulldogs’ goal is still to remain competitive in every match and be a better team by the time playoffs roll around, but acknowledged the team still has work to do.
Freshman Chrissa Kersten stepped in as libero against the Panthers, and Peterson said the young defensive specialist fared well in the back row according to the coach.
Offensively, the Bulldogs’ shared the game well. Haley Wold led the team statistics with six kills, and Taylor Grambow is credited with five. Senior Maria Drury provided 13 assists, Amber Retzloff set up five, and Tyra Kostman and Jaida Peterson each recorded a pair of aces for the night.
Boyceville hosted Spring Valley last evening (September 19), and will welcome the defending conference champion Colfax Vikings to the Bulldogs’ home court tomorrow (Thursday, September 21). The team is scheduled to play in a Cameron tournament Saturday, September 23 before taking a road trip to Elk Mound next Tuesday, September 26. [/emember_protected]