The Lady Bulldogs battled Clark-Willow Lake and Arlington in two volleyball matches, but fell 3-0 in each match. Milbank’s season record now stands at 0-6.
Milbank traveled to Arlington on Saturday, September 12. The Lady Bulldogs lost 3-0 with scores of 15-25, 23-25, and 13-25.
Thue led the team with 10 kills on 20-27 hitting, one ace on 8-9 serving, one assist on 2-2 setting, one solo block and one assisted block, and 15 kills. Bien chipped in with three kills on 4-7 hitting, one ace on 4-5 serving, and three digs. Engebretson added 16-20 hitting with two kills, 23-23 setting with eight assists, 11-12 serving with one ace, and eight digs. Van Peursem tallied two kills on 6-6 hitting, three assists on 27-27 setting, 6-6 serving, and four digs.
Schulte sparked the Lady Bulldogs’ defense with a season-high 30 digs. She also added 8-8 serving and 4- 4 setting with two assists. Seezs added one kill on 3-5 hitting, 10-10 serving, 2-2 setting, and 10 digs. Lee went 6-6 hitting, 6-6 setting with one assist, one assisted block, and three digs.
Milbank hosted Clark-Willow Lake on Thursday, September 10, and lost 3-0 with set scores of 22-25, 25-27, and 10-25.
Milbank started off slow in the opening set and trailed 8-16. The Lady Bulldogs inched their way back with two blocks and a kill by Madi Thue, kills by Casside Seezs, and a tip kill by Joci McFarland. They cut the score to 19-23. Thue belted out another kill, but the Cyclones answered with one of their own. McFarland dropped in an ace to move the score to 22-24, but a Lady Bulldog error gave Clark-Willow Lake the 22-25 win.
Set two was a tight game. Milbank started out ahead at 7-5, but the Cyclones knotted the score up at 7-7. Milbank went ahead at 16-13, and the score was evened up again at 22-22. Averie Engebretson served an ace and Shelby Lee teamed up with Siri Bien for a block to put the Lady Bulldogs ahead at 25-24. The Cyclones used a kill to again tie the score at 25-25. Clark-Willow Lake scored the final two points on a Milbank error and a kill to snatch the win at 25-27.
Milbank struggled in the final set. They fell behind at 4-9 and again at 5-15 and just could not overcome the deficit.
Thue led the Milbank offense with eight kills on 30-37 hitting, 4-7 serving, two solo blocks and one assisted block, and 10 digs. Bien followed with four kills on 18-23 hitting, 3-6 serving with one ace, two assisted blocks, and two digs. Seesz tallied four kills on 11-13 hitting. Engebretson added three kills on 20-23 hitting, nine assists on 34-34 setting, 8-9 serving with one ace, and five digs.
Hallie Schulte led the defensive effort for Milbank with 22 digs. She also added 11-12 serving, 6-6 hitting, and 2-2 setting with two assists. Other contributors included: Jessica Van Peursem, six assists on 7-7 setting, one ace on 5-5 serving, and five digs; McFarland, two kills on 2-2 hitting, two assists on 7-7 setting, one ace on 4-5 serving, and one dig; Lee, 6-8 hitting, 2-2 setting, and one assisted block, and Rachel Schulte, 3-4 hitting, 5-5 setting, and four digs.