Bulldog volleyball team goes 1-1 for week
By Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School volleyball team continues to show improvement as they defeated Sunrise Mountain High School 3-0 on Tuesday Oct. 12 but fell to the Moapa Valley High School Pirates 3-0 on Thursday, Oct. 14.

The Bulldogs easily handled the Miners from Sunrise Mountain to begin their match, defeating the Miners 25-10 behind Calla Haviland and Hanna Iverson. The Bulldogs raced out to a 15-2 lead behind 4 service aces from Iverson. The second set was a lot more competitive as the Miners volleyed with the Dawgs throughout the set, before falling 25-21. The Bulldogs regrouped in the third set and easily put the Miners away 25-13. Haviland ended up with 8 kills and 3 aces assisted by Elsa Whipple with 6 kills for the three sets.

Thursday’s matchup with a strong Pirates squad was a dogfight between archrivals. The Bulldogs matched side outs with Moapa and actually led 23-20 before losing to the first place Pirates 26-24. “We started off strong tonight”, said Bulldog coach Robert Nelson. “We had a couple of bad bounces at the end of the first set which didn’t go our way. I am totally confident that we have a little more to give. A little more experience in big games would have helped us tonight. It was tough to regain momentum.” The Dawgs ended up losing the second and third sets 25-14 and 25-10. Haviland led the Dawgs once again with 9 kills, 3 aces, and 7 digs. Setter Marian Leavitt had 11 assists And a block. The Bulldogs remain at home next week hosting Coral Academy on Monday and Eldorado High School on Wednesday.

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