By Cara L. Dempski
Keri Peterson’s Boyceville volleyball team started last week on a positive note.
The Lady Bulldogs celebrated their September 26 road trip to Elk Mound by taking the first set away from the Mounders in a 25-22 win that recognized a weakness in the home squad’s teamwork and capitalized on it. While the Dogs stayed close to EM in the second, they eventually wound up losing the match 3-1.
[emember_protected] The Boyceville girls took a night off before welcoming the Elmwood Raiders to their home court September 28. They nabbed their first Dunn-St. Croix win of the season, besting the Raiders 3-1 in what coach Peterson described as a team effort.
The Bulldogs ended the week 1-4 in the conference, and 6-14 overall. They went to Glenwood City October 3, and are scheduled to host Mondovi October 5. The Lady Bulldogs’ final regular-season game will be played at home against Plum City on Thursday, October 12.
The Boyceville volleyball team on the court against Elk Mound September 26 must have caught on to the fact that the Mounders were playing less like a team and more like six individuals, because the Bulldogs were absolutely relentless in their onslaught.
The result? A 25-22 set win over Elk Mound that seemed to stun the Mounders enough to step up their game in the next three sets. And, while the Bulldogs eventually lost the match 3-1, coach Keri Peterson admires her team’s “never say die” spirit.
“It’s easy to get discouraged when you are losing, but they give 100% to make themselves better, which is all I can ask for as a coach,” she said after the match. “We played with them in the first two sets, and pulled out the win in set one.”
The Lady Bulldogs pulled off a 25-22 win in the first set, but then fell to Elk Mound 25-13 and 25-15 in the second and third, before running out of steam in the fourth for a 25-8 loss for the match loss.
“In sets three and four, we couldn’t get an offense set up to score many points,” Peterson explained. “We found ourselves on serve receive for way too long.”
She credits Elk Mound junior Morgan Radtke with keeping her team’s defense scrambling with her big swing and wall-like blocking.
Tyra Kostman and Hannah Johnson led the Boyceville team with five kills apiece, while Taylor Grambow logged four before leaving the game with a leg injury. Mariah Drury and Amber Retzloff tied with six assists each. Megan Hintzman led the Bulldogs with three aces, and Kostman picked up two.
Junior Jaida Peterson took credit for 22 digs in the game, while Johnson logged 12 and Hintzman is credited with five. Kostman led the Boyceville ladies with three blocks, Johnson had two, and Haley Wold is credited with one.
Being hungry for a win finally paid off when the Lady Bulldogs hosted the Elmwood Raiders September 28.
The Boyceville ladies pulled out a 25-22 win in the first before the Raiders pulled even in the second with a 25-12 set win. The home team put the match away in the third and fourth with wins of 25-21 and 25-19 to go 3-1 for the night.
“We worked together as a team the whole match to get the win,” coach Peterson said afterward. “Our setters, Mariah Drury and Amber Retzloff, put up a lot of sets that gave our hitters and opportunity to score. Hannah Johnson and Alyx Bloom had a great night on the net.”
The Lady Bulldogs put together 47 kills against the Raiders, with Johnson accounting for 15 of them. Bloom, Drury, and Taylor Grambow provided another seven kill shots each. Drury is credited with 27 assists, and Retzloff provided another 15.
Grambow and Haley Wold combined for two blocks apiece, while Drury and Jaida Peterson each logged a pair of aces, and Tyra Kostman and Megan Hintzman split another pair between them.
Peterson led the team with 12 digs, and Johnson accounted for 11. [/emember_protected]