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By Missy Klatt, Sport Correspondent
It was a tough week of competition for the Boyceville varsity volleyball squad as it was only able to win one match out of the four they played this past week.
On Tuesday, September 3rd the Lady Dawgs hosted their namesakes from Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and then on Thursday, the 5th, they traveled to Fall Creek where they took part in a quadrangular tournament.
In last Tuesday’s match against the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Bulldogs, Boyceville went the distance in what became a five-game battle to see who would walk out as the top dog.
Head coach Keri Peterson remarked, “It was a long night of volleyball as we were very evenly matched with Chetek-Weyerhaeuser.”
The C-W Bulldogs won the first and third games 25-23 and 25-20 and the Boyceville Bulldogs won the second and fourth sets 25-19 and 25-22.
Peterson said it was back and forth all night but in the fifth game her squad let the lead slip away and Chetek-Weyerhaeuser capitalized to get the win, 15-13. She went on to say that, “It was a disappointing loss for us because it was so close and we really wanted this win.”
Peterson praised her team for their great defense, defending the attacks and sighting Emma Bygd and Chrissa Kersten for their play in the back row. Chrissa was rock solid on serve receive according to Peterson, putting them in position to set the ball up for many attacks.
Peterson admitted that, “missed serves and our own hitting errors are what caused us to lose the match.”
She continued, “We were aggressive on the net defensively, but gave away ten points on blocking errors as a team. We need to eliminate these unearned points, especially in close games. Tonight two points separated us from winning or losing the match so anything we can do to clean up the little things may make the difference.”
Emma Ouellette lead the team in assists with 15 with Torrie Bland adding eight and Megan Hintzman six. Hannah Johnson was the kill leader with 19 followed by Kady Grambow with 12. Ella Holden and Libby Bygd each added five kills. Emma and Hannah each had four serving aces during the match and Emma was credited with two blocks.
Fall Creek Quad
On Thursday, September 5 the Lady Dawgs were once again pitted with the Chetek-Weyerhauser Bulldogs in the first round of the quad tourney in Fall Creek. Unfortunately the results were once again similar as Boyceville lost one game to two with the scores; 16-25, 25-14 and 7-15.
Coach Peterson said that it was another back-and-forth battle with both sides taking a game decidedly from the other. She went on to say that in the third game her team didn’t keep the ball when it had the serve to get points. She also conceded that they had too many side outs or errors after only one serve and that cost them the match.
In the match against the Owen-Withee Blackhawks, the Lady Dawgs captured the win in just two games with the scores of 25-16 and 26-24. Peterson noted that they took control of the first game pretty easily with some serving runs from Chrissa Kersten and Emma Ouellette. However, in the second game they played a little too relaxed and the Blackhawks snuck back into the game and made it a tight contest. But in the end the Lady Dawgs were victorious.
In their final match of the tournament, Boyceville faced the host Fall Creek Crickets and lost in two straight games, 13-25 and 8-25. Peterson admitted they had trouble getting anything going offensively. She stated that Fall Creek has a tradition of having quality teams who play defense very well.
“We were just out-matched and got beat,” stated Peterson of the loss to the Crickets.
The Bulldogs played in Cumberland last evening, Tuesday, September 10, and will be at home this Thursday, September 12 to host Amery in a 7:00 pm match.