| 3 min. read | by: Seth Kinker, |

The Dexter Dreadnaughts girls volleyball team, 28-6 (7-0), defeated the Chelsea Bulldogs in their annual Dig Pink game, in support of those affected by breast cancer, at home on Oct. 22 in straight sets (29-27, 25-19, 25-21).

“I like how we stuck to our values that we talked about last time, playing for each other and playing for November,” said Bulldog head coach Erin Dillon “That was our biggest goal today. Coming into the game wasn’t necessarily on a win or loss, our focus was ‘let’s get better.'”

“It’s always a big game regardless of who is supposed to win or how the standings play out,” said Dread head coach Liz Palmer. “Big crowds. Big student sections. Kids yelling at you. For our girls to play through that, I was impressed and proud we got the job gone tonight.”


In the first set the Dreads were in control early, doubling up the Bulldogs and taking a 14-7 lead early. The Bulldogs took a time out trailing 18-10 and that’s when their comeback began. 

Dread Cami Fischer goes for a kill against the Bulldogs in the annual Dig Pink game. Photo by Lynne Beauchamp

After a block from Dreads Cami Fischer and Hanna Quinn to make it 21-13 in favor of the Dreads, the Bulldogs went on a big run to cut the Dread lead to 23-20. This forced a Dread timeout.

Coming out of that timeout, the Dreads went to game point but then the Bulldogs scored three straights to force another Dread timeout with the score 24-23 in favor of the Dreads. 

The teams went back and forth, with the sets to 25 but having to win by two, until they were tied at 27. 

Then, Dread Sydney Bussineau got a kill on a ball that went just over the net to make it 28-27. Dread Jordan Kless would finish the opening set with a kill for the 29-27 victory. 

“We started off slow,” said Palmer, whose team clinched their fourth straight SEC White title against Pinckney last week. “Against Pinckney, last week even, I never thought we found our true flow. In terms of our energy level, play, and confidence. I thought we came out like that tonight and we finally found it in the second set, our normal sense of play.”

The Bulldogs took an early lead in the second but then the teams battled back and forth point for point from 7-7 until 12-12. The Dreads then began to pull away, getting a give point cushion to make it 20-15. 

Outscoring the Bulldogs 5-4, for the last five points to take the second set 25-19, the Dreads took a 2-0 set lead. 

The third set was another back and forth battle. Tied at 10, and then back and forth through the teens, the Dreads took a 19-16 lead on a long volley that included a diving one handed save by libero Livvy Mellifont. 

The Bulldogs would take at a timeout with the Dreads leading 21-18 and then the Dreads scored four of the last five points for the 25-21 set win. 

Eleanor King and Bussineau led the Dreads with six kills each. King (15) and Delaney Amedt (11) led the team in assists and LaFontaine led the team in digs with 26.

“I think the biggest thing for us was I saw mental growth,” said Dillon after the game. “We’ve struggled throughout the season with maintaining consistency with our mentality, staying focused on the process. I think tonight we saw a quick response to adversity which is huge for us.”

“For districts, we learned a lot from Pinckney,” said Palmer. “We focused a lot on what they were doing and what we were going to do to stop them. It showed us we need to focus on us and take care of business, do what’s best for us. To see that transition into tonight and see it click in the second set, I think that’s how we’ll move forward. We know who we’ll play and see. We’re going to worry about our side and doing what we’re comfortable with.”

The Dreads travel to Pioneer on 10/24 in an SEC crossover match and the Bulldogs will open district play on Nov. 4 against Fowlerville.

Photos by Lynne Beauchamp