Top dogs in District 7-B
TROY — The Lady Bulldogs exerted their dominance in District 7-B the past week with two straight-set victories over conference opponents.
The Lady Bulldogs started the week with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 win at home against Plains Thursday and ended it with 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 victory in Troy Saturday.
After the easy win against the Trotters Thursday, Mission coach Kendal Anderson said her team is still getting used to the role of being one of the powerhouses in the district, but it’s a role they better assume pretty quick.
“We’re the team to beat right now and every team is going to play their best game against us, so that’s something they need to expect every time they play. We just need to rise up to the challenge and play our best games,” Anderson said.
The Lady Bulldogs were never really tested against the Trotters, who have plenty of potential, just no experience, and finished with only 22 kills. Adessa Durglo led the way with six, and Ashley Courville and Sierra Scott each added four. Durglo also had three of the team’s seven blocks.
“The girls were tipping a lot, and I don’ think they were hitting as hard as they could. I don’t think they were holding back, our offense just wasn’t running that smoothly,” Anderson said.
The Lady Bulldogs defense wasn’t tested much either and only finished with 39 digs. Mackenzie Trudeau had a team-high 10, and Sydney Allard collected eight.
Loren Erickson continued to play solid as the Lady ‘Dogs’ setter, finishing with 16 of their 18 assists.
The Lady Bulldogs had a much tougher test in Troy, but were able to pull out two close games.
“We are really starting to get a rhythm and play as a team. Troy’s strength is their defense.They weren’t letting many balls drop, and were defending us very well in the back row,” Anderson said.
The Lady Bulldogs finished with 29 kills. Courville led the team with nine. Durglo and Jennifer Larsson each had five apiece.
Erickson, a sophomore who only played a little junior varsity the past year, had all 21 of their assists and eight of their 11 aces.
“She’s really came a long way,” Anderson said.
Libero Mackenzie Trudeau led the team with 27 of their 77 digs.
The Lady Bulldogs weren’t as effective as the net as Anderson would like and only finished with six blocks, with Durglo accounting for half of them.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-1, 3-0) will travel to Thompson Falls Saturday for a conference game.
Mission def. Plains
25-15, 25-15, 25-16
Kills - Plains 17 (Kayla Lezier 6), Mission 22 (Adessa Durglo 6). Blocks - Plains 5 (Kayla Lezier 2), Mission 7 (Durglo 3). Digs - Plains 29 (Kelsey Beegley 14), Mission 39 (Mackenzie Trudeau 10). Assists - Plains 10 (Nikki Kunzer 6), Mission 18 (Lorin Erickson 16). Aces - Plains 5 (Diamond LaDeaux 2), Mission 13 (Ashley Courville 3).
Mission def. Troy
25-22, 25-16, 25-22
Kills - Mission 29 (Ashley Courville 9), Troy 16 (Jackie Pepiot 5). Blocks - Mission 6 (Adessa Durglo 3), Troy 1 (Michaela Curry). Digs - Mission 77 (Mackenzie Trudeau 27), Troy 21 (Kimmy Klin 8). Assists - Mission 21 (Lauren Erickson 16), Troy 11 (Alyssa Olds 11). Aces - Mission 11 (Erickson 8), Troy 8 (Rachel Geuther 3).