BOSCOBEL - Everything was going their way. After winning the first game in a SWAL match against Darlington, the Boscobel volleyball team seemed headed for its first victory of the season.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs couldn't maintain that momentum, and they fell to the Redbirds 3-2 in a hard-fought SWAL match at home on Thursday.
"It really was a good match," said Boscobel coach Jeff Ostheimer. "We played well at the time. We just didn't get it done and put them away early in the match."
Still, the Bulldogs came out of Thursday's contest believing they were headed in the right direction. Mineral Point sent them back to square one.
Redbirds fly high
Bri Wagner tallied 12 kills, six aces and 12 assists, but it wasn't enough as Darlington dug itself out of that early hole.
In a tight second game, the Redbirds came out on top 25-22, after dropping the first by a 25-14 score.
With the match tied, Darlington edged Boscobel 25-21 in the all-important third game, before the Bulldogs rallied with a 25-19 win in Game 4 to force a fifth and deciding frame. Unfazed, the Redbirds bounced back for a 15-11 victory in the last game to take the match.
Nicole Pegram had a strong match for Boscobel, smashing 10 kills and adding three blocks. Allison Krogen led the Bulldogs in assists with 15, while Kelsey Trumm came up with 10 digs.
Pointers pull away
Mineral Point swept Boscobel on Tuesday night 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 as the Bulldogs lost another SWAL contest on the road.
Wagner again had a strong overall match, leading the way in kills with eight and aces with three. She also had three assists. Nicole Pegram chipped in with four kills, while Hillary Loomis added a block and Allison Krogen had a team-high 10 assists for Boscobel. In the digs department, Lacey Dilley finished with eight to lead the Bulldogs.
On Saturday, Bosobel hits the road again to take part in the Seneca Invitational. Then, on Tuesday, the Bulldogs go to Southwestern for another SWAL battle.