The Milbank Lady Bulldogs were nearly perfect from the service line — missing just one serve of 55 —but that was not enough to defeat Redfield on Friday, October 30, in a rescheduled face-off on the road. It was the final regular season contest for Milbank, which gives them a 1-16 record heading into the post season.
Milbank fell 12-25 in the first set. “That first set wasn’t very good,” stated Nancy Hoeke, head coach for the Lady Bulldogs. “We weren’t getting quality set ups and didn’t get many kills.”
They came back strong in the second and third sets, but eventually lost 22-25 and 20-25 to lose the match 3-0. “The final two sets we were more competitive and played better,” said Hoeke. “I was proud of the girls for continuing to battle and for the nice little run at the end of the third to force Redfield to put their starters back in.”
Madi Thue led the Milbank offense with nine kills on 27-28 hitting, 7-7 serving, 11 digs, and one solo block. Siri Bien followed with four kills and one ace on 14-14 serving. Rachel Schulte added three kills on 17-20 hitting and two assists on 17-19 setting. Averie Engebretson tallied two kills on 14-15 hitting, 14-14 serving, six assists on 38-39 setting, and five digs.
Hallie Schulte led the Lady Bulldog defense with 16 digs, three assists on 14-14 setting, and was 5-6 serving. Other team leaders included: Casside Seezs, one kill on 8-9 hitting and 9-9 serving; Jessica Van Peursem, six assists on 13-13 setting and 5-5 serving; and Tatum Berry, one kill on 1-1 hitting.