After losing the first match of the season 3-0 against Ankeny Christian Academy on Aug. 26, the Bulldogs bounced back against West Central Valley, Stuart on Aug. 28 at Van Meter High School. The Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats by a score of 3-1.
The Bulldogs rallied to win three straight sets after losing the first set to the Wildcats 25-22. Losing the first set meant that the Bulldogs had lost the first four sets to start the season.
After the first set, the Bulldogs improved in each of the remaining sets, winning set two by a score of 25-21, set three by a score of 25-18 and set three by a score of 25-17.
"The more and more they play together, they better they trust each other," said VM coach Holly Heard. "That’s what we’re focusing on."
The Bulldogs looked like they would win the first set easily as they had an 18-11 lead. The Wildcats, however, then rallied for 10-straight points and eventually won the set, taking a 1-0 lead. Heard thought that the rally occurred because of a breakdown in confidence.
"We missed a couple key serves there," Heard said. "Lizzy (Lyon) has to be able to serve a lot there, I believe, and she missed her serve and that kind of dictates a lot of things."
After losing the first match of the season, Heard said that getting the win against the Wildcats, their first conference win, was big.
"They really proved that they can play well together," Heard said.
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday at St. Edmond High School in Fort Dodge for a tournament. The tournament will feature Prairie Valley, Aplington-Parkersburg and Bishop Garrigan along with the host, St. Edmond. The tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.