(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker)
Lady Bulldogs' head coach Carolyn Christenson says that her players seemed to have taken the right approach in learning from that loss.
"After our loss to Hull Western, we evaluated some things we did. We met a very, very high caliber team. I told my kids that the last thing I wanted them to do was come off the floor with their heads down," said Christenson. "We did some good things and we probably would have to have a perfect match to ever beat a team like that. They're ranked no. 1 in the state for a reason.
"The next day in practice, I told them we refocus ourselves and our ultimate goal is to qualify for the state tournament. They're not a team we have to beat to qualify for the state tournament and they gave us some things we know we have to work on. That game is by us. We pick up and keep positive and move forward," said Christenson.
Christenson says that the Lady Bulldogs couldn't have responded better against Storm Lake.
"We took the floor tonight and the kids were very positive," she said. "We took care of our fundamental part of the game, we served the ball well, we passed the ball well tonight, and we were just able to come back strong and play. I was very proud of our effort tonight."
One of the things that Christenson wants her team to take away from the Hull game is the presence that Western Christian had while on the floor.
"The confidence that that type of team plays with-they take the floor knowing that they are the best team and believing nothing different," said Christenson. "There's no negativity in their aspect of the game whatsoever. With the kids that we've got, I certainly think that's something we can learn from them and I think we did that well tonight."
As a team, the Lady Bulldogs served 69-75 against Storm Lake. Molly Reuter was 23-23 with seven aces, Katie Sponder was 9-10 with three aces and Jessica Harringa was 15-17 with two aces. Reuter also had 18 assists for the match.
Kyri Lancaster led the Lady Bulldogs in kills with five. Harringa and Anne Grady each had four.
Reuter had the most digs for LCS with two, while Malori Price had one.
Lancaster led the team in blocks as well with five total. Grady had one solo and Ali Boehmer had two unassisted for the Lady Bulldogs.
Le Mars will next play Saturday, September 27 at the Unity Christian tournament.