Bulldogs advance in playoffs

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The North Zulch volleyball team has risen to the call and defeated Neches and Deweyville to begin their playoff run.

Overall, the team is required to win five games to qualify for state.

“They are playing to their abilities and realizing what their full potential is,” said Bulldog head volleyball coach Kim Branch. “The seniors are and will continue to be a huge part of this playoff run. They have made big plays when we needed them and continue to encourage our underclassmen.”

The first Bulldog playoff win came last Tuesday over Neches. North Zulch prevailed in four sets, with scores of 25-15, 25-20, 26-28 and 25-23. They followed suit on Saturday with another four-set victory of Deweyville. The Bulldogs took the first, third and final sets with scores of 25-16, 25-15 and 25-18. Deweyville took game two on the contest, 25-21.

Coach Branch is thrilled with the entire team and no one player can lead a squad this far alone. Sally Osth and Emma Baker continue to standout for the team night in and night out. Cassidy Brown and Ally Grier have been steady forces from the service line with Raegan VanCour coming on of late. Ana Osth and Cheyanne Wallin have also started to find their rhythm and are fulfilling their roles.

“Overall, I’d say we have stood out as a team,” said Branch. “At this point in time, every game is going to be tough. But we play our best games against tougher opponents. We just need to continue playing our game,” reduce errors and have a few things fall our way.”

North Zulch competed in a third round contest against Centerville in Madisonville last night. The two teams faced off in North Zulch on Sept. 8 and Centerville got the best of the Bulldogs. The playoff format is single elimination, the North Zulch will have to win in order to advance and continue to keep their season alive.

“This is the time of year we need to be playing at our best,” said Branch. “As a coach, I couldn’t be more proud of our level of play and desire to win.”

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