by JILLIAN SORCAN
The Bulldogs volleyball team didn't mess around on Nov. 5, quickly taking the lead over Crookston's Golden Eagles and coming out with a 3-0 victory.
The Bulldogs have a 23-4 record this season, placing them second in the conference. "A 3-0 win is something you don't scoff on," said Bulldogs Head Coach Jim Boos.
Taking a slow start and being neck-in-neck with the Golden Eagles for the first half of the first set, the Bulldogs quickly turned things around and started taking lead of the scoreboard. Junior April Hansen had 7 kills during the first set, and helped lead the Bulldogs to a 25-18 win.
The second set started off with the Bulldogs scoring the first point and rapidly gaining control of the game, despite hard spikes coming from the Golden Eagles' freshman, Alexandra Skeeter. Bulldogs junior Hannah Johnson and senior Katie Kuffel both had powerful kills, racking up the points that brought UMD to another 25-18 win in the second set.
The Bulldogs again stayed relatively even with the Golden Eagles in the beginning of the third set, but started to get point after point during the latter part of the set, giving them a considerable lead over the Golden Eagles. Taking its third straight victory of the night, the Bulldogs finished off the third set with a score of 25-15.
The Golden Eagles, who have a record of 0-26 this season, came out to Friday night's game giving it their all. "I thought we actually played pretty well," said Jane Matykowski, mother of Golden Eagles' sophomore Kelsey Matykowski.
As for the Bulldogs' strategy for Friday's game, Boos mentioned that it's hard to prepare when the team is busy playing three games a week. Experience may be the key to the Bulldogs' many victories this season, though. "It helps to have a lot of upperclassmen," Boos said.
Saturday marks the Bulldogs' last home match, where they will be playing MSU Moorhead's Dragons, who currently have a 14-12 record this season. "We are as prepared as you can be," Boos said, "We've gotta come out and take care of things on our side of the net."