The Hancock Bulldogs bounced back from their first loss of the season with a three-set victory over the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts. They won the match by scores of 25-18, 25-15 and 25-9, improving their record to 12-1. After analyzing the loss to Calumet, the Bulldogs focused on improving their serve and defense, which paid off in this match.
Starting the match with a strong serve, Hancock made the Blue Bolts work hard for their points. The first set was the closest of the match, but Dollar Bay-Tamarack City still came up short. In the second set, the teams remained tied at different points until the Bulldogs took the lead on a serve by senior Lana Aho. In the end, they won the set by 10 points.
In the third set, senior Ella Storm took control at the service line, extending her team’s lead from 3-2 to 12-3. Storm, along with Brooke Koskela, led the team with their performances. Storm had eight aces and showed great agility in drawing the ball, while Koskela recorded an impressive 12 kills. Their coach praised their strong performances.
Despite a late three-point run by the Blue Bolts’ Violet Storm, the Bulldogs maintained their dominance, finishing the set 25-9. Looking ahead, the Bulldogs will face the Wycons at West Iron County on Tuesday and Iron Mountain at home on Thursday. The Blue Bolts will host Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes on Tuesday and travel to Baraga to play the Vikings on Friday.