The Madison Lady Bulldogs started out sluggish against the Sioux Valley Cossacks in the second volleyball match held in the new Madison High School Gym, and could not overcome the slow start on Tuesday night.
Sioux Valley topped the Lady Bulldogs in non-conference action 3-1 (25-23, 15-25, 25-21 and 25-23).
In the first set, the Cossacks jumped out to a 9-2 lead. Madison battled back and grabbed a 16-15 lead with Serena Hopf serving.
The set remained close until the end. The score was deadlocked at 23 with Madison serving. Sioux Valley stopped Madison from scoring and then served the winning point.
"We were not communicating, and we were not ready for the first set," Madison Coach Jill Kratovil said. "We can't let that happen again."
In the second set, the Lady Bulldogs did the little things and cruised to a 25-15 win to deadlock the match at one set apiece.
Sioux Valley opened up a 17-7 lead in the third set and went on to win 25-21.
Madison fell behind early in the fourth set but rallied back nicely to grab a 16-13 lead with Preslee Jorgenson serving.
Sioux Valley outscored the Lady Bulldogs 4-1 to deadlock the score at 17.
It was back and forth until the end. The Lady Bulldogs had a chance to tie the score at 24, but they were unable to win the volley as the Cossacks won the set 25-23 and claimed the match.
"If we do the little things right, we are a very good team," Kratovil said.
Jorgenson ended the match going 20 of 21 from the service line with four aces. Taylor Bird was 15-of-15 from the service line with two aces.
At the net, Jorgenson hammered down 11 kills while Coley Stoller added nine kills. Michaela Duff had one solo block and one block assist.
Stoller led the team with 10 set assists. Ashley Schwebach accounted for nine set assists while Marisa Eimers added six set assists.
Bird had a team-high 42 digs while Stoller accounted for 11 digs.
Madison (11-8) overall will host the Flandreau Fliers on Thursday night. The B match will begin at 6:15 p.m. There will be no C team match.
The Madison freshman volleyball team improved to 10-0 for the season with a 2-0 win over the Cossacks on Tuesday night.
Kaity Klosterman was 11 of 12 from the service line with three aces while Paige duRandt was 10 of 10 from the service line with three aces.
Claire Stoller and duRandt each had four kills for Madison.
Klosterman had five set assists to lead the team while Lily Monroe had two set assists.
Leading the team in digs was duRandt with 18; Val Nowstrup added nine digs.