Bulldogs drop second straight thriller

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NORTH ZULCH — The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs volleyball team dropped their second straight match at home on Friday to Centerville.

The Bulldogs took the second and fourth sets but dropped the abbreviated tiebreaker to the Tigers.

“We played a good game against Centerville,” said North Zulch head volleyball coach Kimberly Branch following the loss. “They are a strong and well-rounded team. We just fell a little bit short but are learning to play to win and finish games like that when we have the advantage.”

The bout with the Tigers signifies the end of non-league play for the Bulldogs in 2017. From here on out, varsity will only battle teams within their district before the start of the playoffs.

“We are right where we need to be at this point,” said Branch. “A game like this prepares us to compete with higher level opponents as well as play all the way through to the final match of the game.”

Despite the loss, North Zulch put up some impressive statistics on the night. Senior Sally Osth recorded 34 kills and senior Raegan VanCour posted 11. Junior Emma Baker had nine uncontested serves in the game as well as an impressive 55 assists. The fifth match to decide the game is typically played to 15 points, but these teams needed more than that on Friday. Since you have to win by 2, the Bulldogs fell 20-18 to decide their fate.

The Bulldogs have finished their non-district schedule with a tremendous record of 19-4 and have taken on contenders who will be serious contenders in the state playoffs. They began district play last night with a road matchup at Normangee and will travel to Iola on Friday night. The JV squads are set to take the court at 4 p.m. and Varsity will follow at 5.

North Zulch will return home again to face Kennard on Sep. 19 at 5 p.m.

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