Buck Monson/Albert Lea Tribune Carlie Christianson sets the ball to Kelci Larson for the kill on Friday during round two of the regional tournament.

Bulldogs head to finals

Published 12:03am Sunday, October 28, 2012

LAKE MILLS — It was just another day in the office for the Lake Mills girls’ volleyball team Friday night. It defeated West Fork in three games to move on to the regional tournament finals which will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday in Mason City.

The Bulldogs beat the Warhawks 25-12, 25-12 and 25-10.

“We played at a little faster pace tonight,” said Bulldogs head coach Jim Boehmer. “We did a better job at first serve and first ball, and that was something that we really wanted to make sure we did.”

Game 1 was just what the coach ordered. The Bulldogs got off to a 15-3 lead and finished the game with a score of 25-12.

Game 1 had everyone on the team contributing with three of the girls getting two or more kills. Brook Groe, Brooke Hagen and Megan Johnson all had a great game. Kelci Larson took the game over during her 10-point run while serving, with three aces.

In Game 2, the Bulldogs started off with an 11-3 lead and continued the momentum to win 25-12. Once again, Groe and Hagen, along with Larson, each had multiple kills. The Bulldogs also had four aces in the game.

Game 3 was back and forth, although West Fork never had more than one point at a time. The Bulldogs were scoring two, three, four and six points at a time, pulling away to their biggest margin of victory of the night at 25-10. West Fork did have a handful of kills by their star player, Lindsey Peterson.

“She’s as good a high school volleyball player as there is,” said Boehmer about Peterson. “She really is, we have a lot of respect for her. We knew that they were going to get her the ball, and she could bring it. We were able to sustain some long runs, and we did that.”

If the Bulldogs win Wednesday’s match they will be in the state tournament. They will play the winner of the North Butler vs. Applington-Parkersburg match.

“Both teams have big, strong girls that can swing hard,” said Boehmer. “Our work will be cut out for us. The girls feel like they are still an underdog, and I like that.”

The Bulldogs are now 42-0 and hold the best record in the state of Iowa. There are two other undefeated teams in the state. In their 42-0 run the Bulldogs have won 95 games and lost five.

“We have 11 seniors on the team,” said Boehmer. “Basically, this group of 11 started playing together in fourth grade. They have a lot of years together and have led us to a 42-0 season. No matter what, you can’t take that away from them.”

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