Lady Bulldog netters avenge only loss in convincing fashion
THOMPSON FALLS — The Lady Bulldogs continued their hot streak by avenging their only loss of the season.
The Lady Bulldogs were all business at home Tuesday, quickly dispensing with the Lady Bobcats in straight sets. After beating Superior 25-13, 25-23, 25-17, the Lady Bulldogs wrapped up their week with a 25-20, 25-14, 25-10 conference victory over the Lady Bluehawks in Thompson Falls Saturday to push their win streak to five.
The loss to the Lady Bobcats sent a message to the Lady Bulldogs and since losing game five to the Lady Bobcats in Superior Aug. 13, they have won 14 of their last 15 games. Mission assistant coach Annie Morigeau said the team went into Tuesday’s matchup with a mission.
“What happened in Superior is we beat ourselves,” Morigeau said. “The girls knew going into this match that we were the better team and we took care of them in three.”
The Lady Bulldogs’ focus going into the match was that it takes three people to get a kill: it starts with a nice pass, then a set and somebody to finish the job.
“This made them play more as a team. They played really well together. They played as a unit. It was definitely a team effort,” Morigeau said.
The Lady Bulldogs finished with 27 kills, while limiting the Lady Bobcats to only 18. Sierra Scott led the attack with a match-high eight kills. Adessa Durglo and Ashley Courville pitched in with five apiece.
Scott also led the team with four aces.
Mackenzie Trudeau continues to be rock solid as Mission’s libero. Trudeau led the team with 14 digs and has now led the team in that category in every match this season.
There was a lot of stress heading into Saturday’s match against Thompson Falls. Scott’s left arm was injured and it was unclear if she was going to play. Their head coach, Kendal Anderson, wasn’t going to be there, but the Lady Bulldogs handled the pressure with ease, taking care of the Lady Bluehawks in straight sets.
“It was a huge relief...The girls did it all by themselves. They pulled it off,” Morigeau said, adding that the victory was a huge momentum builder. “I think we are riding so high, right now.”
Durglo had a monster game at the net, throwing down a match-high 10 kills and harassing the Lady Bluehawks with four blocks.
Hurt arm and all, with a doctors’ release to play, Scott finished right behind Durglo with nine kills. The Bulldogs knocked down 32 kills in the three sets, with six different players registering kills.
Sophomore Loren Erickson set up 27 of their kills and also had three of the team’s 11 aces.
“She’s (Erickson) just been so dominate serving. It’s nice to know we’ll have her for a couple more years,” Morigeau said of the setter who had no prior varsity experience until this season. “This is her year to shine. She has a lot to prove.”
For once, Trudeau didn’t lead the team in digs. Courville led the team with 11 and Trudeau collected nine.
The Lady Bulldogs will host Deer Lodge Thursday for homecoming.
Mission def. Superior
25-13, 25-23, 25-17
Kills - Superior 18 (Kelsey Stenberg 5), Mission 27 (Sierra Scott 8). Blocks - Superior 7 (Kaitlynn Koke 2), Mission 4 (Adessa Durglo 2). Digs - Superior 31 (Cary Chamberlain 9), Mission 45 (Mackenzie Trudeau 14). Assists - Superior 12 (Chamberlain 11), Mission 21 (Loren Erickson 16). Aces - Superior 2 (Nichole Stroot and Chamberlain), Mission 12 (Scott 4).
Mission def. Thompson Falls
25-20, 25-14, 25-10.
Kills - Mission 32 (Adessa Durglo 10), Thompson Falls 23 (Makayla Becker 9). Blocks - Mission 6 (Durglo 4), Thompson Falls 5 (Hope Reid 4). Digs - Mission 42 (Ashley Courville 11), Thompson Falls 44 (Becker 20). Assists - Mission 27 (Loren Erickson 23), Thompson Falls 18 (Erica Sorlie 10). Aces - Mission 11 (Loren Erickson 3), Thompson Falls 2 (Sorlie 2).