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By Missy Klatt, Sports Correspondent
BOYCEVILLE — The Lady Bulldogs opened their regular season when they hosted a quad tournament on Thursday, August 29th. The teams that they challenged were South Shore, Spring Valley and Lake Holcombe.
In their opening match, Boyceville faced off against the South Shore Cardinals and won the two-out-of-three match 25-16 and 25-18. During the match Kady Grambow served up four aces while Ella Holden and Hannah Johnson each had one.
Grambow also led the team in digs with seven, combined with Holden for a block and was second to Johnson in kills with nine. Hannah put up ten kills for the match. Libby Bygd added seven kills to the match. Emma Ouellette was the assist leader with 23.
The Dawgs next opponent were the Spring Valley Cardinals.
“We played Spring Valley very competitively and worked well as a team” stated Boyceville head coach Keri Peterson.
Unfortunately, the Lady Dawgs fell short, losing the match one game to two. Boyceville took the first game into overtime but lost 26-28. Game two saw the Bulldogs winning 25-20. In game three the Cardinals were victorious 15-6.
Peterson remarked that this is the type of match where they need to do a better job attacking the ball instead of giving them easy balls to pass. She also commented that they made too many serving errors and that could have been the difference between winning and losing the first game.
For the match, Kady Grambow came up with eight kills while Hannah Johnson added six more. Once again Emma Ouellette led in assists with 22. Despite their serving troubles, the team had seven serving aces.
Their final match of the night was against Lake Holcombe.
Peterson noted that their momentum was down after losing to Spring Valley but they still managed to win the match in two games with the scores of 25-18 and 25-11.
In this match, the Bulldogs serving made the difference as they served 14 aces as a team.
Peterson conceded that they had six serving errors.
“We’ll want to eliminate the errors while still serving aggressively to be successful in conference play.”
Once again Kady Grambow led in kills with nine followed by Hannah Johnson with four and Magen Hintzman and Chrissa Kersten each contributing two. Hannah also had six digs with Emma Bygd adding five more.
After the tourney, Peterson stated that, “Overall it was a successful night. We have girls playing new positions this year and three players who are new to the roster who are getting significant playing time. I’m excited to see what happens once we settle in and gel as a team. I’m pretty happy with how we played as a whole.”
Peterson praised Kady Grambow for her fine play saying she had a great night, both offensively and defensively. She also commended Emma Bygd on her serving especially in the match against Lake Holcombe where she strung several aces together. “She also had a solid night digging the ball for us too.”
Peterson also stated that Torrie Bland helped the team with consistent serving and solid passing.
The Bulldogs will travel to Fall Creek on Thursday, September 5th for another quad tournament and then to Cumberland on Tuesday, September 10th for a triangular.