By Amber Hayden
SOMERSET – After a promising start to the season, the Boyceville volleyball squad fell short in last week’s matches.
The Bulldogs stated out in Somerset last Tuesday, losing to the Spartans three sets to one.
A couple of days later, Boyceville trekked to Fall Creek for a quadrangular where the Bulldogs lost two of three – beating Owen-Withee while falling to host Fall Creek and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser.
Even with great passes from the back row, the Bulldogs couldn’t pull off the win August 28 against the Somerset Spartans.
Losing 1-3, coach Peterson still believes her team has areas to improve in. “We didn’t convert enough of those great passes to kills, which is something we need to do to win games,” she said.
Jaida Peterson contributed to the team’s 32 kills of the evening, she also led the team with four aces and six digs.
Leading the team in assists were Emma Ouellette with 14 and Amber Retzloff pitched in with ten more. Chrissa Kersten had five digs and Megan Hintzman tacked on four more.
“We had 11 ace serves, but need to clean up service errors. Especially when the game is close,” commented Peterson.
The Spartans took the match in four sets against the Bulldogs who won the first match 25-23 but came up short in the next three, 22-25, 17-25 and 17-25.
Fall Creek Quad
The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Fall Creek on August 30 for a quad against Chetek-Weyerhauser, Owen-Withee and Fall Creek.
“We were evenly matched with Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and played with them the whole set,” according to Peterson.
But once again service errors would make the difference for the Bulldogs losing to Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 1-2 in the opening match at last Thursday’s quad.
C-W won the first and final matches – 26-24 and 15-11 with Boyceville taking the middle game 27-26.
Peterson believes if the team can eliminate errors with fundamentals, like serving, they will win the close games.
“Sophomore Kady Grambow came in off the bench and gave us some much needed fire at the outside hitter position,” said Peterson.
In match two, the Bulldogs won both sets against Owen-Withee, 25-17 and 27-26, working together as a team and playing with confidence at the net according to Peterson.
Facing host Fall Creek in the last match, Boyceville fell to the Crickets 11-25 in both sets.
“Fall Creek is a great team defensively … We just couldn’t give them anything offensively that they couldn’t handle,” said Peterson.
Peterson explained that eliminating only a couple of errors in a set would make a difference for the Lady Bulldogs and give them a win. “It’s frustrating to lose close games, but we’ll continue to work hard in practice and try to improve our play each week,” she said.
Boyceville is on the road for their next two games September 4 against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and Thursday, September 6 against Amery. The ladies return home for a triangular on September 10 against Cumberland and Webster.