Lady Bulldogs take third in Snook

Posted 9/3/19

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs volleyball team improved to 22-8 on the regular season with a home victory over Onalaska on Aug. 27 and a third place finish at a tournament in Snook over the weekend.

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Lady Bulldogs take third in Snook

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs volleyball team improved to 22-8 on the regular season with a home victory over Onalaska on Aug. 27 and a third place finish at a tournament in Snook over the weekend.

“Only one of those eight losses felt like we were up against a team we could not have beaten,” said Coach Melissa Padgett. “We have greatly improved our skill and the girls know what we are working toward and what we will be up against in district. Our errors have to be minimized if we plan to beat Iola and Leon.”

After a slow start against Onalaska, the Lady Bulldogs ran away with the contest at home with a sweep over the Wildcats. In the opening game, North Zulch trailed 13-6 before making a run and never looking back.

Trailing 20-19, an Ana Osth kill evened the game at 20 and put the Bulldogs on the service line. Onalaska would win the ball back, but two critical missed serves allowed North Zulch to close it out for a 25-22 win.

Katie Douga would help the Lady Bulldogs dominate the rest of the way with two runs of six points at the service line in each of the final two matches. North Zulch would go on to defeat Onalaska 25-12 and 25-13.

“I made them a promise that they would not have to condition in the morning if the did not commit any errors during the last five points of all three sets,” said Padgett after the win. “They have a tendency to start slow. We changed our pregame routine today and maybe we will change it again, but I have not liked the way we have started in this gym.”

The Lady Bulldogs would spend their weekend in Snook competing in their final varsity tournament of the season. They posted a 6-2 record during the tournament and finished third behind Iola and Fayetteville.

During pool play on Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Normangee and Smithville and lost to Fayetteville. They were a perfect 3-0 on Friday with wins over McDade, Dime Box and Snook’s JV squad. They qualified for the tournament’s gold bracket on Saturday and lost to Fayetteville again before defeating Navsasota in the third place game.

“We worked hard but played poorly the majority of the tournament,” said Padgett. “We were very inconsistent with our play. It amazes me to see them play so up and down but still win games, that shows me that they are winners. In all honesty, we have not played like I believe we can since Gary.”

North Zulch competed in a tournament in Gary Aug. 8-10.

Snook traveled to North Zulch to battle the Lady Bulldogs in a single matchup on Tuesday. North Zulch will travel to New Waverly on Friday for the first of just three scheduled remaining matchups before district play begins on Sept. 27.

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