Lady Bulldogs spike Milbank for second win
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Madison Lady Bulldogs won the battle of Dogs on Thursday night at the Madison Middle School Gym. Madison downed Milbank 3-0 (25-19, 26-24 and 25-22) in a non-conference volleyball match. This was the second straight win for Madison.|
All three sets were close at the beginning. In the opening match, Madison was leading 16-15 before senior Preslee Jorgenson slammed down a kill to give the Lady Bulldogs a two-point advantage, 17-15. Madison went on to outscore Milbank 8-4 to end the first set and go up 1-0 in the match.
The second set was close throughout, with Milbank leading 22-18. Coley Stoller smashed down a kill to pull Madison to within three, 22-19, and Ashley Schwebach served three points to deadlock the score at 22.
The score remained tied at 24 after Stoller slammed another kill for Madison. This time the Lady Bulldogs scored twice to give them a 26-24 set win and a 2-0 lead in the match.
"We practice serving at least 20 minutes every day," Schwebach said.
In the third set, it looked like Madison would win fairly easily as the Lady Bulldogs built a 16-10 lead. Milbank rallied back and pulled to within two, 21-19, before Madison put them away 25-22 for the clean sweep.
"I told the girls that Milbank was very scrappy on defense, and they were," said Madison Coach Jill Kratovil.
From the service line, Serena Hopf was 8-of-9 with two aces and Stoller was 15-of-17 with two aces.
"They all serve well," Kratovil said. "Ashley is very consistent getting her serve over the net and serving to a certain zone or position."
At the net, Jorgenson was 23 of 30 in kill attempts with 12 kills while Stoller was 13 of 15 with five kills.
Hopf had five block assists and Morgan Skluzacek had three block assists.
Schwebach had 13 set assists while Marisa Eimers had nine.
Taylor Bird had 24 digs and Stoller had eight.
"Our setters are focusing with our hitters and we are attacking much better," Kratovil said.
Madison (2-1 overall) will swing back into action on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs will go to Sioux Falls to face Sioux Falls Christian in a Dakota XII match.
JV drops match
Milbank won the junior varsity match 2-1 (23-25, 25-14 and 15-10).
Mandy Engbrecht had four kills and Sabrina Bloom had two kills for Madison.
At the service line, Sydney Gustaf was 10-of-10 with five aces while Bloom was 9-of-12 with two aces.
Bloom had one solo block and two block assists while Amanda Ricke had one block assist.
Jordan Thompson was 19 of 20 in set attempts with four assists.
Sonia Seitz had 22 digs while Gustaf had five.
The junior varsity dropped to 2-1 for the season.
Madison won the freshman match 2-0 (25-6 and 25-13). At the service line, Paige duRandt was 8-of-8 with two ace serves while Claire Stoller was 4-of-5 with one ace serve.
Kyla Kasuske was 9-of-9 in kill attempts with five kills. Stoller was 9-of-9 with two kills. Kasuske had one solo block and one block assist.
Lily Monroe had three set assists.
Val Nowstrup had eight digs while Stoller had seven.
Madison is 3-0 for the season.
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