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By Missy Klatt
BOYCEVILLE — After being snowed out on Tuesday, October 20th, the Bulldogs’ volleyball team finally got a chance to play in the first round of the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament on Wednesday, October 21st when they hosted the Cardinals of Spring Valley. Although they played all five sets of the best three out of five series, the Bulldogs wound up on the losing end – two sets to three.
Boyceville’s first-year head coach Kacey Lane remarked, “This was a tough loss for us. We changed our rotation and worked hard and had confidence coming into this game. We had some slight hiccups and gave them some easy points with missed serves. It is easier to accept points if they worked for those points and we can’t control what they do, but giving them points is hard to accept when we can control that by getting our serves in.”
The Lady Dawgs, currently 1-8, started the match on a high note when they won the first set 25-23. However, they soon found themselves in trouble when the Cardinals came back and won the next two sets 25-15 and 25-18.
The Bulldogs weren’t out of it yet and they rallied back to win the fourth set 25-20. The fifth set had the Bulldogs leading early on but the Cardinals chipped away until it was a back-and-forth battle which, unfortunately in the end, the Bulldogs came up short 12-15.
After the match Coach Lane commented, “Our back row play though was phenomenal. We switched Chrissa Kersten to libero, Mya Lagerstrom went to left back and both of them came to play and made sure not to let the ball drop. They were a great tag team in the back for us to set up our offense.”
Kersten led the team in digs with 23 and Lagerstrom added 14 more.
At the net, it was Libby Bygd with one solo block and three block assists. Offensively, Bygd also led in kills with nine followed by Kady Grambow with six. Grambow led in set assists with 12 with Ava Olson contributing 10 more.
Due to COVID-19 and the amended schedule this year, the Bulldogs’ season isn’t quite over as they will get a chance to play Elk Mound this week since both teams got knocked out of the regional competition.