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Lady 'Dogs shut down Tigers 3-1

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Le Mars volleyball team rebounded from a tough weekend and inched closer to a second-place Lakes Conference finish with a 3-1 win on the road at Spencer Tuesday.

The Lady 'Dogs took a little time to get settled after the lengthy trip to Spencer as the Tigers came out and won game one by a 25-21 margin.

"We were a little slow in the first game," Le Mars coach Susan Irwin said. "It took us a little bit to get back in rhythm."

But the Lady Bulldogs rebounded in game two with a solid 25-18 win.

"Once we got through that (first game), the girls started playing together well again," Irwin said.

Le Mars won a 25-23 battle in game three and closed out the match with a 25-14 win in game four.

"We changed our lineup a little bit," Irwin noted.

The Lady Bulldogs moved right side hitter Kelby Klein to the middle and switched Carolyn Ahlers, usually a middle, to the right side.

"That seemed to really click tonight," Irwin said.

Kirstie Ruhland powered the Lady Bulldog offense from the left side as she totaled 17 kills on the night. Klein hammered eight in the middle while Leah Clement and Alex Schuett each rained down six.

Ahlers chipped in four kills for Le Mars while Amy Lubben lofted 28 assists.

Defensively, Klein totaled four blocks while Ruhland collected two. Natalie Miller dug up 25 attacks and Ruhland chipped in 13 digs.

At the service line, Miller was perfect at 16-for-16 as was Klein at 11-for-11. Klein also scored two aces.

Ruhland scored two ace serves in her 24-for-26 performance while Lubben was 18-for-21 with an ace and Clement was 12-for-13 with two ace serves.

Le Mars (10-18, 5-1) wraps up Lakes play on Thursday at Storm Lake. With a win over the 14th-ranked (Class 3A) Tornadoes, the Lady Bulldogs can wrap up second place in the conference.

"That's our big one," Irwin said. "If we can get by that, we'll be second for sure."

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