The Becker Bulldog volleyball team came back from its two week COVID-19 related pause, and was able to squeeze in one practice before playing four straight matches in which they went 3-1.
Last Thursday, the team showed little rust as they defeated Big Lake, 3-1.
“It was our first game back and we had just one practice,” said Coach Greg Lynch, who was a bit unsure of how the team would respond.
But Becker won in dominant fashion as match scores were 25-19, 17-25, 25-18 and 25-17. Despite the lack of practice time, Becker committed just 41 errors to the Hornets’ 64.
Kady Lindbom led the hitting attack with 18 kills, while Ellie Wenner had 27 set assists. In the serving department, Big Lake edged the Bulldogs in aces, 12 to 10.
Emilie Baumgartner had 26 digs for Becker, while Evelyn Kreft had 4 blocks.
Friday night, Becker dropped a touch match to Monticello, 3-2. Becker came out and won the first round 25-20 before the Magic picked up wins in the next two, 25-16 and 25-22. Becker tied it up with another 25-20 win before Monticello won the final in a squeaker, 17-15.
“Jenna Olson had a really nice night for us,” said Lynch, citing her six kills.
Becker led in the ace serve category with 13 (four by Mckayla Ewing) to Monticello’s eight, while Monticello had a slight edge in digs with 74 to Becker’s 71.
Wenner picked up 27 assists, while Kyanna Marx had 18 digs. Kreft again led the team with three blocks.
This week, Becker picked up a pair of wins, defeating North Branch and Princeton.
In Monday’s Senior Night victory over the Vikings, Becker won 27-25, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25 and 15-13.
It was a night the team was able to honor all of its Seniors, each of whom has had a volleyball season that they will surely never forget.
Lindbom was the top hitter with 20 kills.
Tuesday night, Becker trounced the Tigers in 4 sets, winning 25-15, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-13.
Lindbom was again the leading hitter as she had 20 kills in the match.
The next action for the Bulldogs was still undetermined at press time for this week’s Patriot, as rumors persist about a statewide possible stoppage in play. Details will be available in next week’s edition.