The Lady Bulldogs started a very busy week traveling to Volga to take on the Sioux Valley Cossacks Tues., Sept. 14.
De Smet started off slowly, not attacking the ball or getting the serves up. After losing the first two sets, they warmed up and worked together to take the next three for the win. Overall, it was a good night for volleyball as the Bulldogs started attacking the ball, taking advantage of a strong front row.
Leading De Smet with the 3-2 win over the Cossacks were Kennadi Buchholz with 16 kills, 10 blocks, 13 digs, one ace serve; Jada Burke with nine kills, seven digs, four ace serves; Cori Birkel with six kills, six blocks, six digs, one ace serve and Emma Albrecht with four kills, 13 assist kills, five blocks, eight digs and one ace serve.
De Smet 23 21 25 25 15
Sioux Valley 25 25 17 20 11
De Smet traveled Thurs., Sept. 16 to Elkton to compete against the Elks of Elkton-Lake Benton. The Lady Bulldogs again started off a little slow, got things going in the third set, but came up short against the Elks for a 1-3 loss.
Leaders for De Smet were Kennadi Buchholz with 13 kills, seven blocks, 13 digs, two ace serves; Jada Burke with 10 kills, four blocks, 10 digs; Cori Birkel with seven kills, two blocks, 15 digs and Emma Albrecht with two kills, 11 assist kills, two blocks and eight digs.
De Smet 18 15 25 23
Elkton 25 25 22 25
Eight schools competed in the 42nd Lake Preston Invitational Tourney this past Sat., Sept. 18, with the tournament play being the best of 3 sets.
De Smet was setup in the bracket to play Flandreau for their first game of the day. The Bulldogs were a little slow to start but started attacking the ball well and got the 2-0 win over the Fliers.
Leading the win over Flandreau was Kennadi Buchholz with nine kills, four blocks, 11 digs, three ace serves; Emma Albrecht with five assist kills, three blocks, nine digs and Cori Birkel with two kills, two blocks, six digs and two ace serves.
The next match in the bracket was De Smet versus Estelline-Hendricks. The Lady Bulldogs played well together as a team. Each player contributed exactly where they were needed to get a nice win over the Redhawks 2-0.
The Bulldogs were led by Buchholz with 10 kills, three blocks, 10 digs; Albrecht with 12 assist kills, two blocks, six digs and Jada Burke with eight kills, 10 digs and one ace serve.
After beating those two teams, De Smet competed in the championship game against a very good Arlington team. The Bulldogs played good volleyball, but the Cardinals were able to capitalize on De Smet's little mistakes to put them on top at the end of the game.
Leading De Smet in the championship game were Buchholz with 11 kills, eight blocks, 11 digs; Burke with two kills, two blocks, 11 digs; Birkel with two kills, four blocks, eight digs and Albrecht with six assist kills, two blocks and seven digs.
De Smet 26 25
Flandreau 24 19
De Smet 26 25
Estelline-Hendricks 24 19
De Smet 15 18
Arlington 25 25