-- — It was a good start to the volleyball season for the Batesville Lady Bulldogs.
Batesville hosted Milan on Thursday evening and sent the Lady Indians home with a convincing loss in three sets.
The Lady Bulldogs were 25-14, 25-20 and 25-10 winners.
Junior Bailey Baumer established herself as the “go-to” player right out of the gate. Able to attack from all points on the floor, Baumer recorded 10 kills in 18 attacking opportunities.
Morgan Dreyer, who is the lone senior on the team, may not have had a double-digit night in kills, but was instrumental in the team’s success. Dreyer’s four kills tied Anna Meyer for second high on the team and she was the primary ball handler with 12 assists in 36 chances.
Despite the lopsided victory, there were signs of it being the first night out. A bit of inconsistency serving led to 15 errors and a 79.2 accuracy rate.
Still, it was more than enough.
Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs were led by Alyssa Dudley with seven digs, while Baumer had five. Chelsey Paul led in serve receive followed closely by Dudley.
Madi Oesterling led the front line effort with four blocks, while Rylee Goldsmith added three.
The Lady Bulldogs were 25-11 and 25-18 winners at the junior varsity level.
Sydney Strickland and Josie Heidlage set the pace at the net for coach Cassie Laker with seven and five kills, respectively.
Emily Bryan was the top server going 14-of-14 with seven aces. Monica Bedel was next in line with 11-of-12 and four aces.
Molly Adams (13 digs) and Kim Tidman (four blocks) led the team defensively.
Lady Bulldogs swept at Shelbyville
The Lady Bulldogs dropped matches at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels on Saturday at Shelbyville.
The varsity squad was defeated 25-15, 25-11 and 25-13.
Despite serving at a higher percentage than they did in the opener against Milan, the Lady Bulldogs were not nearly as efficient attacking at the net. The number of errors out-numbered kills by seven.
Baumer managed a team-high seven kills followed by Dudley with four.
Thomas led the team in setting with 11 assists followed by Dreyer with nine.
Defensively, Baumer (14), Dudley (12) and Paul (11) led the team in digs.
The Batesville junior varsity suffered a 25-11 and 25-11 loss to the Golden Bears.
Strickland and Bedel were targeted the most at the net. Strickland led the way with four kills in 18 attempts.
Adams went 12-of-14 in serve receive and was the team leader with 10 digs. Strickland was second in digs with eight.
The BHS freshman team lost in two sets 25-9 and 25-22.
The Lady Bulldogs hit the road for a pair of Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference matches this week. They go to Brookville to battle Franklin County on Tuesday and then venture to East Central on Thursday.