LESTER PRAIRIE – In the Lester Prairie volleyball team’s huddle before the third set, there was no hanging of heads. Despite the Bulldogs being down two sets to none, there was no quit.
Despite playing well in the first two sets and coming up short, Lester Prairie would not go away easily. They wouldn’t go away at all.
The Bulldogs rallied back to overcome the 0-2 deficit to pick up their first win of the season in a thrilling 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-6) win over West Lutheran/Heritage Christian Tuesday night.
“This is our second game only and both of them have gone five sets,” Bulldogs coach Mary Otto said. “I’m super proud of the girls for not giving up. We have to figure out how to get going in game one though.”
The Bulldogs let early leads slip away in the first two sets. The result was finding themselves in a 0-2 hole. Instead of giving up, the Bulldogs pushed back.
“That’s what I always try to do,” Lester Prairie senior Lizzy Anderson said about the mindset heading into the third set. “I think it’s what a lot of the other girls try to do. We just try to stay up. We don’t want to drop that third set. We want to be competitive and keep going.”
A 6-0 run by Lester Prairie in set three gave the Bulldogs a 7-3 lead as the comeback was on. West Lutheran would rally to tie the set at 14, but an ace from Lydia Leverich and a kill from Anderson kept the Bulldogs alive with a 25-21 win in set three.
“They’re kind of used to fighting back from digging a hole,” Otto said. “They’re advancing and getting better at how to get out of that. The next step will be how to not go in the hole in the first place. They’re doing a good job.”
Anderson and the Bulldogs didn’t stop there. In set four, it was Anderson who evened things up with back-to-back aces to tie the match at two with a 25-21 win in set four.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Otto said about Anderson playing well in her senior season. “She used to be a middle, and she’s been moved to the outside where she’s shinning in her hitting.”
With all the momentum on their side, Lester Prairie didn’t let up. The Bulldogs completed the comeback with a dominant 15-6 win in set five to pick up their first win of the season.
“I think it just shows how well we can come back together,” Anderson said. “We can work together and adapt to what went wrong in the first two sets. I think we did a really good job of that today.”
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