PARDEEVILLE – After cruising to victories in the opening two sets, Pardeeville head coach Tammy Heck decided it was time to change some things up a little bit. The lineup change was to not only get some of her younger players some varsity experience, but to also see how her players would react when put into some positions they weren’t familiar with.
The result ended up being a much closer third set, but in the end it was the Bulldogs who passed their coach’s test. Pardeeville used a late run to pull ahead for good, capping off a 25-14, 25-12, 25-20 victory over Madison Country Day on Thursday night at Pardeeville High School.
“I was putting people in position they’re not normally in,” Heck said. “We were trying to adjust, and I think they were having a little more fun,” Heck said of her team in the third set.
The Prairie Hawks only lead in the first two sets came at 1-0 in the opening set. Their second lead of the night came when they went ahead 8-7 in the third set. The lead didn’t last long, as a few points later a kill from Pardeeville junior Rylie Mussehl tied the set at 9. From there, Pardeeville pulled ahead, as a kill from junior Ashton Osterhaus made it 12-9 and forced the Prairie Hawks to burn a timeout.
Pardeeville would go up 15-10 on a Mussehl kill and an ace serve from freshman Brooke Peterson, but the Prairie Hawks wouldn’t go away, eventually pulling to within a point at 21-20. A serving error by the Prairie Hawks would make it 22-20, and then the Bulldogs finally finished the match with three straight points on a hitting error by the Prairie Hawks followed by a tip kill from Mussehl and an ace by Brooke Peterson.
“We preserved and got the last three that we needed,” Heck said.
The opening set was all Pardeeville from the start. The Bulldogs led by double digits at 17-7. Kills from Brooke Peterson and Osterhaus stretched the lead out to 22-10 as Pardeeville rolled to a 25-14 win.
The second set was more of the same. Pardeeville took its first double-digit lead of the set at 20-10. A tip kill from senior Kirsten Purtell and an ace from Courtney Peterson provided the final two points in a 25-12 win.
Mussehl finished with a match-high seven kills, while Osterhaus was not far behind with five kills. They were set up by Brooke Peterson, who finished with 12 assists, and Olivia Nedza, who had seven assists.
With the Trailways Conference tournament coming up on Saturday in Wisconsin Dells, Heck knows her team will need find away to produce more points at the net if they are going to make some noise on Saturday.
“I’m changing things up and I’m going to have all three hitters up front. We’re moving things around,” Heck said. “We have to have more offense. We got to keep up our defense, but we got to come up with some offense.”
PARDEEVILLE 3, MADISON COUNTRY DAY 0
Madison Country Day 14 12 20
Pardeeville 25 25 25
PARDEEVILLE (leaders): Kills – Mussehl 7, Osterhaus 5. Aces — B. Peterson 4. Blocks – Mussehl 1, Osterhaus 1. Digs – C. Peterson 26, B. Peterson 18. Assists – B. Peterson 12, Nedza 7.