Lady Bulldogs start year hot

Posted 8/20/19

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs picked up a home victory in straight sets over Hempstead on Friday by scores of 25-10, 25-18 and 25-14.

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Lady Bulldogs start year hot

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs picked up a home victory in straight sets over Hempstead on Friday by scores of 25-10, 25-18 and 25-14.

“I understand that it is a win, but we are not striving to get better and for perfection like we should during a match, and that is what I told them,” said head coach Melissa Padgett after the win. “We have looked very sloppy the last couple of days. I don’t know if they are tired because of the start of school and having to get up early for practice, but they have just seemed really sloppy and disorganized.”

Despite the areas that need improvement, the Lady Bulldogs have started their season with a record of 8-2, including a second place finish at a tournament in Gary.

After a back-and-forth start to the first match on Friday, the Lady Bulldogs were able to take control and build a 17-9 lead. A string of seven straight points from Katie Douga at the service line would build an insurmountable lead and ultimately give North Zulch the opening set.

The Bobcats were at their most competitive in the second match, which was a back-and-forth affair throughout. However, the Lady Bulldogs were able to once again pull away down the stretch for a 25-18 win.

After falling behind by a score of 5-1 in the third set, North Zulch would go on a 24-9 run to ensure the victory in straight sets. The Lady Bulldogs never looked back after taking an 11-10 lead in the match before a Hempstead timeout.

Leading 18-12, Ana Osth came up with a block on a would-be Hempstead kill to regain possession for her team. This put North Zulch in a position to close the game. Leading 23-14, Dannicka Diserens finished off the Bobcats from the service line.

“They need to always challenge themselves when they play a team that they feel they are better than,” said Padgett. “Everything needs to be at a high level because we are going to be in a top district.”

Padgett’s biggest issue with her team’s performance during the victory had to do with a lack of communication with one another.

“They have to learn how to talk about the play during the play,” said Padgett. “Our volleyball IQ is not that high. They are athletes, but there are just certain things about the game that are not clicking in their minds. If they would talk more, it would bring their IQ up because they would be thinking about it actively.”

The North Zulch volleyball team hosted Madisonville at NZHS on Tuesday. They will compete in a tournament in Anderson over the weekend.

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