By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — Just two nights after losing a 3-0 heartbreaker at rival Glenwood City, the Lady Bulldog volleyball team returned to their home court and rediscovered their scrappy play.
The Boyceville girls may have lost their October 5 home match against last year’s Dunn-St. Croix co-champions the Mondovi Buffaloes 3-1, but the same grit and determination to compete that the Lady Bulldogs have displayed all year showed up in the contest.
[emember_protected] “We played with confidence and scrappiness. We had things to prove after our performance against Glenwood City on Tuesday,” coach Keri Peterson said the next day. “We won a close third set, and that showed our desire to win and stay mentally tough.”
It is no small thing to stay that close to a team like the Lady Buffs as the Bulldogs did in last Thursday’s competition. The home team dropped the first set 25-18 before losing the second 25-17. The Boyceville squad picked themselves up in the third to take a 25-23 win and force a fourth set, which the Buffaloes won 25-17 to take the match.
Jaida Peterson led the team with 20 digs in the match, and Alyx Bloom tacked up another nine. Hannah Johnson sent down eight kill shots, Mariah Drury accounted for three, and Amber Retzloff helped set up eight attacks in the game.
While there were no aces recorded in the match, Peterson noted some good serving runs in sets three and four from Jaida Peterson and Tyra Kostman.
Boyceville, who had its conference bye last evening, will finish the D-SC and regular season at home tomorrow night, October 12 against Plum City.
Boyceville received the 14th seed in the forthing WIAA Division 3 tournament, and will travel to Colfax next Tuesday, October 17 to take on the third-seeded Vikings in the regional quarterfinals. The winner will advance to Thursday’s (October 19) semifinal match with the regional championships to be played on Saturday, October 21. [/emember_protected]