Lady Bulldogs win in new environment
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
A new era for Madison athletics began on Thursday evening with the first competition held in the new Madison High School Gym.|
The Lady Bulldogs hosted the Beresford Watchdogs in Dakota XII volleyball action and earned a convincing 3-0 win (25-13, 25-19 and 25-15).
"We practiced in here the whole week," said Madison senior Preslee Jorgenson. "It was very exciting and during warm-ups we thought it was going to be good."
Madison raced out to early leads in all three sets.
"We had been starting out in a hole earlier this season," Madison Coach Jill Kratovil said. "We were more aggressive in this match."
Coley Stoller was 19 of 19 from the service line with six aces. Jorgenson was 15 of 17 from the service line with four aces.
At the net, Stoller was 27 of 29 in spike attempts with 10 kills. Jorgenson was 19 of 21 with six kills. Serena Hopf and Stoller each had two blocks.
Ashley Schwebach had eight set assists and Stoller chipped in with four set assists.
Taylor Bird had 28 digs to pace the Lady Bulldogs. Jorgenson produced 10 digs.
"We changed some things up, and the girls seemed to be happy with these changes," Kratovil said.
"We were working together better and things were clicking with the switches we made," Jorgenson said.
"It was a fun night for the girls. They were so excited about playing in the new gym," Kratovil said.
Madison is 5-5 overall and 3-2 in Dakota XII action.
Madison will go to Hayti on Saturday for the Hamlin Invitational Tournament. The first matches at the tournament are at 9 a.m.
JV wins in three
It took the Madison junior varsity team three sets to get past the Watchdogs. Madison won the first set 25-18 but dropped the second set 27-25. Madison rolled in the third set 15-5.
Hailea DeJong was 12 of 12 from the service line with four aces, while Roz VandenBosch was 10 of 14 with three aces.
VandenBosch hammered down six kills while Mandy Engbrecht smashed four kills. VandenBosch had two blocks and Katie Neises accounted for one block.
Marisa Eimers had seven set assists and Jordon Thompson contributed four set assists.
Sonia Seitz had eight digs and Kendra Jones added seven digs.
The junior varsity record is 3-3.
The Madison freshmen made it a clean sweep over the Watchdogs by winning 2-0 (25-21 and 25-20).
Paige duRandt was 8-of-9 from the service line with three aces and Kaity Klosterman also had three aces.
At the net, duRandt had five kills and Julia Unterbrunner added three kills. Unterbrunner and Claire Stoller each had two blocks.
Klosterman had six assists and Liz Pauli added one assist.
Val Nowstrup had 10 digs and Stoller had nine digs.
The freshman team is currently 6-0.