NZ sweeps Hempstead

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The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs volleyball team picked up a win over the Hempstead Bobcats at home on Friday night with a clean sweep in three matches.

“I think we put a lot of new things into motion tonight and tried out some new plays,” said North Zulch volleyball Coach Corina Barrington after the win. “I think we had a solid performance overall. It t is going to take some work before we get to the district stage of our schedule, but we are getting there.”

After a back and forth start to the first match, the Lady Bulldogs held onto a slim 16-14 advantage. After earning possession, two straight points from the service line from Ana Osth gave the team momentum and a 19-14 lead over Hempstead. They took the first match by a score of 25-18 and carried the energy into game two.

North Zulch took over for the better half of the second match thanks to a dominant start. They were able to build a decisive 16-6 advantage before the Bobcats called a timeout. The breather served the visitors well, as they were able to score five straight after the break to bring the match within reach.

It was Barrington’s turn to burn a timeout, and the move would have the same effect for the home team. North Zulch regained control and cruised to a 25-16 win and a two games to none advantage.

The Lady Bulldogs maintained that control for the majority of the third match, but Hempstead attempted another comeback that would fall just short. Down to their final point, the Bobcats would take five straight points before another Barrington timeout. Leading by just a point, North Zulch was able to fend off the last ditch effort before the Bobcats tied the score. They won 25-23 and secured the perfect night.

“The girls have their mechanics down and have built a really strong foundation out on the court,” said Barrington. “We have some very composed players who are great at staying calm and focus on what needs to be done.”

Osth led the Lady Bulldogs with five kills in the victory and was closely followed by Ally Grier with four. Dannicka Diserens recorded the most aces with three while Katelyn Crocker led the way with three digs.

North Zulch was back at it on Tuesday with a road matchup at Madisonville. Over the weekend, they will compete in a tournament at Anderson.

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