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Bulldogs drop first match in district play

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

Heading into district play, Head Coach Diana Heiner said that her team needed to play strong defense to contend with the tougher opponents in District 27-3A. However, last Friday night the Lady Bulldogs struggled against Fredericksburg's powerful offense and dropped the match in three sets (19-25), (19-25), (15-25). The loss set the Lady Bulldogs back to 15-15 on the season, and 0-1 in district play.
"We had a lot of unforced errors that really hurt us throughout the game," Coach Heiner said.
In the first set, the Lady Bulldogs grabbed an early lead behind the play of junior Dana Lohrke and senior Taylor Shultz. Despite the fast start for the Lady Bulldogs, Fredericksburg bounced back quickly and took the first set by a score of 25-19.
The second set and third sets followed the pattern of the opener, each in favor of the Billies, as the Lady Bulldogs struggled to hold on to leads throughout the match.
"We need to work on staying up throughout each set," senior Catrina Sampson said. "If we can get out of serve-receives faster and improve our defense, we should be in good shape moving forward in district."
The Lady Bulldogs were led in the game by Lohrke, who racked up 15 assists and four blocks. Shultz had 16 digs, while Sampson added 10 digs, four kills, and four assists, and senior Kelly Nelson had six digs, eight kills, and two aces.
The Lady Bulldogs took on Canyon Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 1 with results to follow next week.
Looking at the upcoming schedule, Bandera will head to Navarro tomorrow night, Oct. 4 before hosting Boerne at home on Tuesday, Oct. 8. "This year we are in a very even district," Heiner said. "If we reduce our unforced errors then we can win any game without a doubt."