NZ looks to rebound in district

Posted 10/1/19

The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs volleyball team dropped their first district matchup of the season on Friday in Centerville by scores of 25-23, 17-25, 24-26 and 23-25. Before the opener, their last non-district matchup of the season against Livingston was canceled.

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NZ looks to rebound in district

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs volleyball team dropped their first district matchup of the season on Friday in Centerville by scores of 25-23, 17-25, 24-26 and 23-25. Before the opener, their last non-district matchup of the season against Livingston was canceled.

“I feel like losing the Livingston game hurt us,” said head coach Melissa Padgett. “That was an opportunity to get on the court at least once during that two-week period to try and get back in the groove.”

Because of the cancelation in Livingston, North Zulch took the court in district for the first time since hosting Allen Academy on Sept. 10. They began play in one of the toughest districts in the state for their level with a 17-day hiatus from the court.

“The district is the toughest in 1A,” said Padgett. “We have two top three ranked teams and, overall, four programs have historically been regional and state tournament teams. To be successful, we need to step up and win instead of waiting for it to happen.”

In their loss in Centerville, which featured one North Zulch win and two narrow losses, Ana Osth led the Lady Bulldogs with 10 kills and was followed by Cheyanne Wallin with seven. Katelyn Crocker recorded 28 digs while Samantha Moore led the way in assists with 15.

“I felt like (Osth) had a great offensive game against Centerville and (Wallin) and (Crocker) put their passes where they needed to be in district play,” said Padgett. “I am extremely confident in the girls and their capabilities. I see us finishing district well.”

On Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs looked to bounce back with another road matchup in Iola. On Friday, they will once again travel for their third straight district matchup in Leon before returning home for five straight.

“We have the skill, but we need to execute and get the job done,” said Padgett. “We cannot drop any unnecessary matches. I feel like the loss to Centerville was unnecessary. Practice has been mostly serve receive and defense. We focus on the first touch in order to maximize the opportunity for an attack on the third.”

The Lady Bulldogs will take on Leon at 6 p.m. on Friday night to end their streak of three straight road games. On Tuesday, they will host Normangee at NZHS for their first district home game of 2019. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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