The Milbank Area Lady Bulldogs wrapped up a busy week of high school volleyball action with a 3-0 victory over the Redfield-Doland Pheasants and a 3-0 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats. Milbank Area holds a 14-6 season record heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
Milbank Area traveled to Redfield Thursday, October 13, and earned a solid 3-0 victory over the Pheasants. The Lady Bulldogs started out hot in the first set and took and early 10-5 lead. The locals pushed ahead to 15-8 and continued its steady play to win the first set at 25-21.
The teams played fairly even throughout much of the second set. Milbank Area jumped ahead at 8-4 before Redfield-Doland came back to go ahead 17-13. The Lady Bulldogs inched their way back into the match before knotting the score up at 22-22. The Pheasants hit the ball into the net, and then Molly Rick belted out two kills to secure the win for Milbank Area at 25-22.
Milbank Area trailed throughout much of the third set at 17-13 and again at 18-16. The score fell even at 18-18 with a Redfield-Doland error and a kill by Caryssa Mielitz. Madi Schulte found a open hole and Mielitz came up with a big block to go ahead 21-18. The Pheasants were shaken up and committed several errors which gave the Lady Bulldogs the 25-21 victory.
Mielitz led the team with 16 kills on 46-55 hitting, three aces on 10-11 serving, one block and 14 digs. Rick followed with 11 kills on 27-31 hitting, 6-7 serving and 17 digs while Mikaela Hoeke added three kills on 17-20 hitting, 19 assists on 72-72 setting, one ace on 19-20 serving and seven digs.
Jaden Hoeke tallied two kills on 7-8 hitting, one assist on 4-4 setting and one dig. Jaecy Engebretson contributed two kills on 10-14 hitting, two aces on 6-7 serving, three assists on 8-8 setting and six digs.
Also adding to the Lady Bulldog leaders were Schulte, one ace on 10-11 serving, one assist on 6-6 setting, one kill and five digs; Mackayla Schuelke, six assists on 28-28 setting, 7-8 serving and 11 digs; Maty Lightfield, 5-7 serving, 2-2 setting and nine digs; Mady Hilbrands, one kill on 4-6 hitting, and LaChasity Finley, one kill on 2-5 hitting and one dig.
Milbank Area hosted Northwestern Saturday, October 15, at the Milbank Armory and suffered a 3-0 loss to a solid Class B school. The Lady Bulldogs fell 25-14 in the first set, 25-8 in the second and 26-24 in the third.
Mielitz led the locals with 12 kills on 29-30 hitting, two assists on 6-6 setting, 5-7 serving, one block and 11 digs. Rick tallied four kills on 21-23 hitting, two aces on 10-10 serving, 7-7 setting, two blocks and 12 digs. M. Hoeke contributed two kills on 9-9 hitting, one ace on 7-8 serving, 18 assists on 50-50 setting, one block and 16 digs.
Schuelke went 24-24 setting with three assists and eight digs. Schulte was 4-4 serving, 3-3 setting and had three digs while Lightfield was 7-7 serving and had six digs. J. Hoeke added one kill on 3-5 hitting, 4-4 setting and one dig with Engebretson going 8-9 hitting with three kills, 6-7 serving, 3-3 setting and four digs. Rounding out the team totals were Hilbrands, one kill on 3-5 hitting, one block and four digs, and Finley, one kill on 4-5 hitting, 9-9 setting and two digs.
Milbank Area will travel to Sisseton Tuesday, October 18, and will play host to Britton-Hecla Friday, October 21, when the seniors and their parents will be honored.
Varsity volleyball players pictured are back row, left to right, Mackayla Schuelke, Makayla Johnson, Molly Rick, Mady Hilbrands, Caryssa Mielitz, Jaecy Engebretson, LaChasity Finley and Jaden Hoeke. Front row, Mikaela Hoeke, Katie VanderWal, Katie Wollschlager, Madi Schulte, Maty Lightfield, Tonya Meyer and Elisabeth Schwenn.