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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Le Mars' Kelby Klein pounds the ball over the Orab block in game four of the Lady Bulldogs' match with Sheldon Tuesday evening. Klein led Le Mars in their comeback effort in the final game of the match, which the Lady 'Dogs lost 26-24.
The Orange and Black proved their No. 8 rating in Class 2A Tuesday night as Sheldon knocked off Class 3A No. 10 Le Mars in a Lakes Conference battle.

The Lady Bulldogs started strong on their home court with a 25-19 win over the Orabs to take an early lead in the match.

But game two posed some difficulties for Le Mars as they fell 15-25 to the visiting Orabs.

Game three was another tough loss for the Lady Bulldogs, with Sheldon serving the way to a 25-14 win.

Game four was a thriller, bringing Le Mars fans to the edge of their seats as junior Kelby Klein led the Lady Bulldogs in their comeback attempt.

"We were down by eight," Le Mars coach Susan Irwin said. "Kelby's defense and offense brought us back into it." Klein totaled three blocks in game four and added a couple kills to the effort as well.

"Kelby really stepped up right at the end and did a great job," Irwin continued.

Despite the comeback efforts by the Lady Bulldogs, they fell 24-26 to the Orabs to drop the match 1-3.

"It was definitely a heartbreaker," Irwin said. "Sheldon's tough - they're one of the top ones in the conference."

"This turned out different than what I thought it was going to be," Irwin continued. "We really played at their level. That's what's important. We're peaking now and improving and picking it up. That's what matters at the end - how your play is."

The Orabs were led by a tough serving attack, including a strong jump serve by one of their players. "Sheldon's jump server was a hard server," Irwin said. "Our passers did a nice job tonight. A lot of servers were consistently tough for Sheldon, but our passers did a nice job adjusting to that."

Returning from an illness-related absence to lead the Lady Bulldogs' offense was Kaylee Thompson. The senior pounded down a team-high 11 kills in the match. Thompson added an ace serve as she recorded a perfect 9-9 serving effort.

Kirstie Ruhland rained down seven kills for Le Mars on offense. "Kirstie did a great job tonight," Irwin said.

Tara Lehner and Emily TeBrink each added six kills in the match while Molly Fischer dished up 14 assists. Amy Lubben added 11 assists to set up the offense.

"Our serving did a great job tonight," Irwin said. Leading the serving efforts was Cassie Kuiken. The senior libero was a perfect 18-18 with two ace serves. Lubben went 12-14 with an ace and TeBrink was 15-16. "Both of our setters played really well," Irwin said.

On defense, Kuiken dug out 10 balls while TeBrink recorded eight digs. "Cassie just played an exceptional defensive game tonight," Irwin said. "Emily is always the go-to person. I give her that credit; if things aren't going great, the girls feel very comfortable giving the ball to [Emily]. She is that cushion that we need."

Adding to the defense were Lehner and Klein, who each blocked three hits in the match.

"These girls do gel together very well," Irwin continued. "Once we start playing together, they know who's going to take which ball and when and how."

Le Mars (13-8, 2-2) has a week off before heading to Spirit Lake to continue Lakes Conference action. The Lady 'Dogs will continue Lakes play next Thursday as they host Western Christian. They conclude their busy week with the Western Christian tournament in Hull.By Bethany Kroeze

Sports editor

The Orange and Black proved their No. 8 rating in Class 2A Tuesday night as Sheldon knocked off Class 3A No. 10 Le Mars in a Lakes Conference battle.

The Lady Bulldogs started strong on their home court with a 25-19 win over the Orabs to take an early lead in the match.

But game two posed some difficulties for Le Mars as they fell 15-25 to the visiting Orabs.

Game three was another tough loss for the Lady Bulldogs, with Sheldon serving the way to a 25-14 win.

Game four was a thriller, bringing Le Mars fans to the edge of their seats as junior Kelby Klein led the Lady Bulldogs in their comeback attempt.

"We were down by eight," Le Mars coach Susan Irwin said. "Kelby's defense and offense brought us back into it." Klein totaled three blocks in game four and added a couple kills to the effort as well.

"Kelby really stepped up right at the end and did a great job," Irwin continued.

Despite the comeback efforts by the Lady Bulldogs, they fell 24-26 to the Orabs to drop the match 1-3.

"It was definitely a heartbreaker," Irwin said. "Sheldon's tough - they're one of the top ones in the conference."

"This turned out different than what I thought it was going to be," Irwin continued. "We really played at their level. That's what's important. We're peaking now and improving and picking it up. That's what matters at the end - how your play is."

The Orabs were led by a tough serving attack, including a strong jump serve by one of their players. "Sheldon's jump server was a hard server," Irwin said. "Our passers did a nice job tonight. A lot of servers were consistently tough for Sheldon, but our passers did a nice job adjusting to that."

Returning from an illness-related absence to lead the Lady Bulldogs' offense was Kaylee Thompson. The senior pounded down a team-high 11 kills in the match. Thompson added an ace serve as she recorded a perfect 9-9 serving effort.

Kirstie Ruhland rained down seven kills for Le Mars on offense. "Kirstie did a great job tonight," Irwin said.

Tara Lehner and Emily TeBrink each added six kills in the match while Molly Fischer dished up 14 assists. Amy Lubben added 11 assists to set up the offense.

"Our serving did a great job tonight," Irwin said. Leading the serving efforts was Cassie Kuiken. The senior libero was a perfect 18-18 with two ace serves. Lubben went 12-14 with an ace and TeBrink was 15-16. "Both of our setters played really well," Irwin said.

On defense, Kuiken dug out 10 balls while TeBrink recorded eight digs. "Cassie just played an exceptional defensive game tonight," Irwin said. "Emily is always the go-to person. I give her that credit; if things aren't going great, the girls feel very comfortable giving the ball to [Emily]. She is that cushion that we need."

Adding to the defense were Lehner and Klein, who each blocked three hits in the match.

"These girls do gel together very well," Irwin continued. "Once we start playing together, they know who's going to take which ball and when and how."

Le Mars (13-8, 2-2) has a week off before heading to Spirit Lake to continue Lakes Conference action. The Lady 'Dogs will continue Lakes play next Thursday as they host Western Christian. They conclude their busy week with the Western Christian tournament in Hull.



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