Lake Mills continues its domination with conference win

Published 9:46 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Lake Mills volleyball team swept up another conference victory Tuesday night when it hosted North Iowa.

The Bison played scrappy early in the match, but in the end they were no match for the Bulldogs, losing in three sets: 25-12, 25-10, 25-18.

Head coach Jim Boehmer said he was pleased with the overall performance of his team Tuesday, especially defensively and on the front row.

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Senior Hannah Hanson led the team with 14 kills, while sophomore Kylie Greenfield and senior Audrey Casperson were close behind with nine each. Junior Hope Levine and senior Meghan Fails also had big nights up front, each recording two blocks.

Lake Mills junior Jessa Gasteiger recored one of her 34 assists Tuesday night in the win over North Iowa. – Lory Groe/For the Albert Lea Tribune

“Defensively we are getting better,” Boehmer said. “That has made us a much better team as the year has progressed. All the girls played well on defense. I can’t really point out just one or two because each one did their job. We dug the ball extremely well and made all sorts of good adjustments.”

As a team the Bulldogs recorded 52 digs, 15 of which came from Casperson. Greenfield added another 10. Senior Kristyn Throne had seven, while Hanson and junior Jessa Gasteiger had six each. Gasteiger also added 34 assists to her season total.

One area Boehmer thought the team could improve in is its serving. The Bulldogs finished the match 67/74 (91 percent) from the service line, hitting six ace serves.

“We are much better at every position and they keep working hard,” Boehmer said. “We need to keep working hard and making adjustments and we will keep growing as a team.”

The Bulldogs improve to 24-4 on the season and 7-0 in the conference. They will be back in action Tuesday when they hit the road to face Top of Iowa Conference rival Forest City.

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