BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison girls volleyball team dropped it’s second straight conference match Tuesday night on the road to Burlington, 17-25, 16-25, 21-25.
Head Coach Kent Bailey said the Grayhounds size and success at the net gave the Bloodhounds trouble offensively and defensively.
“We went up against a good, athletic team in Burlington. Their height and ability to get above the net caused our hitters problems.,” he said. “We continue to struggle with hitting errors having 25 against 13 for Burlington.”
Fort Madison had a hitting efficiency of just 61% going 46 of 75 with senior Jillian Wiseman leading the way going 19 of 24 with 10 kills.
The Hounds serving was much more efficient at 98% missing just one serve on the night. Lauren Bailey led the way for FMHS going 13 of 13 with three aces. The junior also led the Lady Hounds with 14 assists, which were the only assists on the night for any Fort Madison player.
Nadia Boeding had 15 digs from the back row to lead Fort Madison defensively.
“I give Burlington a great deal of the credit for our hitting errors. They put up a good block against our hitters who began to press a bit,” Bailey said. “We will keep working hard and things will start to come around as our players get a feel for what the others can do.”
Bailey said things don’t get easier for Fort Madison as they travel to Linn Marr on Saturday and play Linn Marr, Tipton, and Center Point Urbana in their pool, before bracket play begins.
Burlington senior Angel Baylark was 22-25 hitting with 17 kills helping control the front line. Junior Madison Burton dug up 35 shots and was 14 of 17 serving to lead BHS in both categories. The Grayhounds are 4-1 on the year and are 2-0 in the conference. Their only loss was a 5-set affair with West Burlington back in August.
Fort Madison is now 2-6 on the year and 0-2 in Southeast Conference action.