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Dodgers competitive vs. No. 2 Jags

ANKENY — For one game on Tuesday night, the Fort Dodge volleyball team was playing tight with the second-ranked squad in Class 5A.

The Dodgers went toe-to-toe with No. 2 Ankeny Centennial in the first set, falling 26-24 in the opener. The Jaguars went on to sweep the Dodgers, 25-6 and 25-17.

“We were right there with them in Game 1,” said FDSH head coach Martha Mericle. “We are improving, but we are not where we want to be yet. We missed at least six serves, and you just can’t give away free points to good teams.

“Everyone’s enthusiasm was high and we were playing loose. We played with a lot of energy, but to lose on a hitting error knocked the wind out of our sails.”

Kiana Touney led the Dodgers with nine kills. Lainey Maehl added five. Olivia Bell tallied 10 assists, while Maggie Elsbecker recorded eight.

Cheyenne Miller-Hameed and Tory Bennett were both 9-for-10 serving. Brooke Hansen was 5-for-5.

Bennett had eight digs. Miller-Hameed had five.

“We are still making mistakes that we shouldn’t make,” Mericle said. “We got into big of a hole and we couldn’t pull it off.”

The Dodgers host the Jackie Wilde Invitational this Saturday.

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