The Milbank Area Lady Bulldogs demolished Tiospa Zina 3-0 in their opening high school volleyball match at Agency Village Thursday, August 25.
Milbank Area went on a 10-point run midway through the first set to break the match wide open. Molly Rick pounded down three kills while Maty Lightfield dropped in three aces during the run. The locals finished off the first set with a 25-12 win.
The Lady Bulldogs came back with a solid effort and controlled the second set. Caryssa Mielitz found a sweet spot from the service line and dropped in five consecutive aces to help close out the set at 25-8.
Milbank Area didn’t back down and started out the third set with a 15-0 advantage. Freshman Jaecy Engebretson led the charge with eight aces to start the set. Interspersed in between the aces were three big kills by Mielitz and two by Mikaela Hoeke. The Lady Bulldogs continued to roll ahead and collected their first match victory of the season by winning the third set 25-8.
Mielitz led the Lady Bulldogs with nine kills on 14-16 hitting, six aces on 11-11 serving and four digs. Rick followed closely with 10 kills on 15-16 hitting, two aces on 4-4 serving and seven digs. Engebretson contributed four kills on 4-6 hitting and nine aces on 14-15 serving while Jaden Hoeke added three kills on 3-5 hitting, three assists on 3-3 setting, one solo block and one dig.
M. Hoeke ran the offense and produced 16 assists on 27-27 setting, two aces on 10-10 serving, two kills on 3-3 hitting and seven digs. Mackayla Schuelke totaled three assists on 13-13 setting, one ace on 5-5 serving and six digs. Also contributing to the Lady Bulldogs victory were Lightfield, three aces on 13-13 serving, 3-3 setting and seven digs, and Madi Schulte, 3-3 serving and six digs.
Additional varsity team members include Mady Hilbrands, Katie VanderWal and Gabbi Cummins.
Junior Varsity and C team – The Milbank C team secured a 2-1 victory over Tiospa Zina before the Milbank JV cruised to a 2-0 win with scores of 25-7 and 25-20. Members of the junior varsity team are Maty Lightfield, Sadie Holland, Katie VanderWal, LaChasity Finley, Kylie Kasuske, Katie Wollschlager, Gabbi Cummins, Tonya Meyer, Elisabeth Schwenn, Jaden Hoeke, Makayla Johnson, Kimberly Van Sambeek, Kellie Christians and Jaecy Engebretson