MHS junior Hallie Schulte reached an individual milestone by recording the 1000th dig of her career. Hallie achieved this when the Lady Bulldogs’ volleyball team defeated Clark-Willow Lake 3-0 on Thursday, September 9.
Coach Nancy Hoeke said, “Congratulations to Hallie. She got her 1000th dig near the end of the second set. It was quite a motivator for the girls. They were excited for her, and it seemed to help them play relaxed, but effectively.”
Before the Lady Bulldogs’ Homecoming-week match against Sioux Valley on September 21, Hallie was presented with a signed ball to commemorate her 1000th dig.
Hallie began her high school volleyball career in 2018, when she moved to the varsity squad late in her eighth-grade year. She went on to be a three-year starter, who now plays at the libero position. She is the daughter of Ginny and Jeremy Tostenson and Calvin and Jena Schulte.
Her road to 1,000 digs looks like this:
2018 — 35 digs
2019 — 493 digs
2020 — 389 digs 2021Against Webster –- 13 digs
Against Deuel –-10 digs
Against Sisseton – 21 digs
Against Ortonville – 20 digs
Against Clark-Willow Lake – reaches her 1000th dig early in the third set
Hallie said, “I knew I was getting very close, but didn’t know exactly where I was. So when it happened, I was surprised and excited. I’ve put a lot of time into this sport and have worked really hard to get here, and I’m happy I did.”
Hallie’s achievement mirrors a similar milestone reached by former Lady Bulldog Jaecy Engebretson. Volleyball fans might recall when Engebretson recorded the 1000th kill of her career. It came in the final set of a 3-2 comeback victory against Webster in the opening round of the Region 1A high school volleyball tournament on November 5, 2019.