NZ looks to rebound at Snook

Posted 8/27/19

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs volleyball team lost a home contest to Madisonville in straight sets on Aug. 27 to drop their non-district record to 8-3 to start the season.

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NZ looks to rebound at Snook

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs volleyball team lost a home contest to Madisonville in straight sets on Aug. 27 to drop their non-district record to 8-3 to start the season.

Despite falling in all three matches, the Lady Bulldogs scored 21 points in the first and final games against the Lady Mustangs. Cheyanne Wallin connected on a pair of serves late in game one to bring North Zulch within two, but they were never able to tie it up.

“I thought we played in spurts against Madisonville,” said Coach Melissa Padgett, who also coached at Madisonville from 2015-16. “Their serve receive was just more consistent than ours.”

North Zulch fell behind 5-0 at the start of the second match and could never recover. In game three, they were able to get off to a hot start with leads of 5-1 and 6-3. Madisonville, however, scored eight straight points with Grace Williamson at the service line to regain control and the lead.

Six straight successful serves from Katie Douga brought the Lady Bulldogs within one. The rest of the match would go back-and-forth, and a critical missed serve by Madisonville would tie it up at 21 late. But the Lady Mustangs were able to win the ball back on the very next point and finish off the last four points for a 25-21 win.

“Seeing some of the girls I had in seventh and eighth grade at that level was definitely special to me,” said Padgett, who won over 50 games in two seasons while coaching at Madisonville. “I want (Madisonville’s) program to be successful. (Williamson) is a beast on the outside and in the middle and (Khyra Cooper) was a problem for us, as well. (Sidnie Smith) picked up most of what we sent over to her and passed it well. I am proud of the girls for the skill level I see in them. I feel like we should have taken the third set from them, but we made too many unforced errors.”

The North Zulch varsity squad was off for a whole week before hosting Onalaska at NZHS on Tuesday. On Thursday and Saturday, they will compete in their final tournament of the non-district season at Snook.

“I am looking for more consistent play,” said Padgett. “We are not taking advantage of our opportunities against anyone, even teams we beat, and are giving up too many points that are unearned.”

After the tournament in Snook, the Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to compete in four more non-district standalone matchups before they begin league play in Centerville on Sept. 27.

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