Bulldogs Place 3rd At Cougar Challenge

Batesville goes 2-2 on the day to capture third of nine teams at the Cougar Challenge, & place three on the all tourney Team.

In the morning grouping, we were not sure what to expect.  We were grouped with Daleville & Lighthouse Christian Academy, and always new we had to play error free ball to have a chance to play in the top pool at the regroup.  The dogs didn’t disappoint, picking up 40 aces in two matches with only two errors.  Kylie Laker severed for 15 aces, while Lily Abplanalp notched 11 of her own.  We seemed to be on Cruise with only 23 errors in two matches.  Macy Prickel and Hattie Westerfeld picked up 10 kills each across the two matches.

In the regroup we were with the best of the day and it proved to be more challenging.  We committed 23 errors in a close two set match to Homestead, and just couldn’t separate when we needed to get the point runs in our favor.  They did a great job keying in on one of our six rotation players and really got under her skin.  Against Greenfield the rhythm just never came back.  They pressured us with serve and kept us outa system and our serve never got aggressive enough to put pressure on them.

At the end of the day it wasn’t bad volleyball, and some of the girls gained the respect of the coaches by being voted to the GCC All Tourney team.  (pictured in order from left to right) #5 Macy Prickel served for 2 aces on a error free 14 attempts.  She was targeted 48 times in serve receive, and had 21 kills & 11 digs for the day.  #7 Kylie Laker had 19 Aces on the day in 53 attempts serving, 6 kills, 48 assists and 15 digs.  # 11 Jenna Ertel who is a second time award winner was error free serving 17 times, and had 25 digs on the day.

Greenfield won their tourney followed by Homestead and Batesville.

Bulldogs lost vs. Greenfield:  25-19, 25-17
Bulldogs lost vs. Homestead:  25-20, 25-19
Bulldogs won vs. Daleville:  25-23, 25-16
Bulldogs won vs. LCA:  25-6, 25-3

Batesville will welcome Franklin County to the dog pound this Tuesday for some EIAC volleyball!

Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.