The Lady Bulldogs’ volleyball season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Redfield in the semi-final round of the Region 1A tournament on Thursday, November 5. Milbank finished the season with a 2-17 record.
“I am proud of the team for the way they finished the season,” stated the Lady Bulldogs’ head coach, Nancy Hoeke. “These girls love the game of volleyball and this season and were just thankful they got to play their season.”
In the first set, Milbank fell behind at 5-14 and could not recover. They lost the opening set at 9-25. They settled down and came back in the second set to knot up the score at 10-10, helped, in part, with an ace by Jessica Van Peursem. Later in the set, Van Peursem dropped in two more aces to move the score to 18-19. Unforced errors led to Milbank’s 20-25 second set loss.
Milbank stuck close to the Lady Pheasants early in the third set. The Lady Bulldogs surged ahead at 8-5, but Redfield came back to tie the score at 10-10. Later in the set, Madi Thue came up with a block and Averie Engebretson dropped in an ace to move the score to 14-17. Shelby Lee and Casside Seezs belted out kills in the final portion of the set, but errors led to another 17-25 loss.
Rachel Schulte had seven kills on 13-15 hitting and 2-2 setting. Thue contributed five kills on 22-25 hitting, two assists on 3-3 setting, 6-6 serving, three digs, and one block.
Engebretson tallied four kills on 15-18 hitting, seven assists on 21-21 setting, one ace on 3-5 serving, and five digs. Seezs added three kills on 14-15 hitting, 10-11 serving, and one dig. Lee had one kill on 5-5 hitting, 4-4 setting, and two digs.
Hallie Schulte led the Lady Bulldogs defense with 11 digs. She also recorded 6-8 serving. Siri Bien added one kill on 7-9 hitting, 7-8 serving, two assists on 3-3 setting, and one block. Van Peursem ended the match with eight assists on 15-15 setting, three aces on 7-8 serving, 1-2 hitting, and one dig. Lindsey Mertens went 1-1 hitting and added five digs.