Bulldogs back up ranking (with video)

Published 10:37 pm Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lake Mills volleyball players celebrate Thursday after winning a point against Riceville. -- Andrew Dyrdal

LAKE MILLS, Iowa — Before its season opener, Lake Mills volleyball coach Jim Boehmer expressed concern over the Bulldogs’ high ranking in Iowa’s Class 2A.

During Thursday’s season opener, the Bulldogs proved they belong.

The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (1-0) dominated for three sets in a 3-0 win over Riceville in Lake Mills. The Bulldogs won 25-6 and 25-2 before building a 17-2 lead in the third set and winning 25-12.

“I like how we played tonight,” Boehmer said. “We needed that court time. I liked the girls’ intensity, I liked their energy level, I

Lake Mills senior left-side hitter, Josie Brackey, right, spikes a ball set by senior Morgan Fjelstad, left, during the team’s home opener Thursday against Riceville. Brackey had a team-high 10 kills and Fjelstad had 16 set assists in a 3-0 win. -- Andrew Dyrdal

liked their focus.”

The Bulldogs wasted little time in building large leads in each match. The team led 10-1 in the first set, and 17-1 and 17-2 in the second and third set, respectively.

Josie Brackey led the Bulldogs with 10 kills and Morgan Fjelstad had 16 ace assists.

Carlie Christianson had seven serve assists and no errors in 23 attempts. Catherine Adams also had no errors in 17 serve attempts and three aces.

All-Conference left-side hitter Shelby Kuper sat out to recover from an ankle injury.

The Bulldogs play again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Newman Catholic in Mason City.