By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Bulldogs hosted their first quad of the season August 23 facing the teams from South Shore, Spring Valley and Lake Holcombe.
Coach Kari Peterson was pleased with the efforts the girls put into their first games. “It was great to be back on the court playing again,” she explained.
During Thursday’s quad the team faced South Shore first and started the season in the right direction for the team.
Taking the game in the first two sets against the Cardinals with scores of 25-17 and 25-15.
Hannah Johnson and Jaida Peterson led the team on attack with 14 kills. Backing Johnson and Peterson up with three kills a piece were Tyra Kostman and Taylor Grambow, showing the Cardinals the Lady Bulldogs wanted to win.
Jaida Peterson had a team high of five aces against South Shore.
“As a team we served well, but eliminating serving errors at crucial times in the game will be important for us,” according to Coach Peterson.
The Bulldogs faced Spring Valley and struggled offensively losing the game in two sets.
“Losing kind of took the wind out of our sails,” explained Coach Peterson.
The team struggled to pass the ball off the serve making it difficult to get anything set up during the game.
Hannah Johnson led the team with four digs in the match and Jaida Peterson tacked on another three.
Taylor Grambow set down six kill shots, Johnson accounted for five and Alyx Bloom added in three more kills.
After the loss to Spring Valley, Boyceville would come back to win against the Lake Holcomb Knights.
Opening the set with a couple kills that proved to be the momentum the team needed. Coach Peterson was proud of how the team came back with a positive attitude after suffering the loss to Spring Valley.
“We played with a competitive spirit against Lake Holcombe… played well as a team with several players contributing to the win,” Peterson said.
Emma Ouellette and Amber Retzloff gave the team some quality sets with 17 assists, leading to 27 kills for the team.
The Lady Bulldogs are on the road August 28 against Somerset. Two days later the team will be in Fall Creek on August 30.