After disappointing losses to Bellaire's first two pre-season opponents, the Cardinals invaded St Agnes for their third pre-season match.
If you like to watch exciting volleyball, the Freshman Chicks did not disappoint. The gym was loud as St Agnes and Bellaire freshmen went back and forth in three sets of very tight competition. The freshmen match was marked by long rallies and well played balls. Bellaire needed extra points to win the first (27-25). The second set charged the gym with the freshman Tigers overcoming the Cardinals in a 28-30 second set loss. Neither team was able to build any material lead in the third set; but, the Cardinals yielded a 23-25 third set loss. Coach Tomlinson said after the game; " I really enjoy this team's competitiveness and work ethic. These girls will not give up and they will compete with anyone."
Second up was the Varsity competition. The St Agnes Tigers features Amanda Khral, setter who won a 17s Open USAV National Championship over the summer. In each of the three sets, once the Bellaire varsity squad took the lead, they never relinquished it. The Lady Cardinals swept the St Agnes Tigers in straight sets (25-11, 25-17, 25-15). Fab 50 player, Maya Evans led the Cardinals with 12 kills, followed by Sundara Chinn with 9 and Travana Matthews with 5. Jade Robinson and Ella Hawes both contributed a pair of Aces each. Ella dug 17 balls with Jade digging 14 while Megan Evans dished out 29 assists. Throughout the match, Bellaire was able to execute "in system" and terminate through the middle of the court. Jade Robinson was exceedingly busy having led the team in serve receive with 13 and contributing 3 kills on 7 attempts.
The Junior Varsity team traveled to St. Agnes Friday night, ready to take on the Tigers. The Cardinals started off strong, thanks to strong serving by Elle Shaw, and great defensive play by Toni Lott. Annika Bohmann and Maddie Ogden also provided strong play at the net. The Cardinals and the Tigers continued to trade points until the Tigers went on an unanswered serving run to finish out game one. Game two started out all St.Agnes, until a couple of key timeouts by Coach Martin brought the Cardinals right back into it. Mikaela Medina and Erin Eby controlled the serving line, slowly but steadily chipping away at the lead St. Agnes had built. Toni Lott continued to control the backrow, and Codi Fillmore and Kate Salsky provided a couple of key kills apiece. Though the Tigers came away with the victory, the Cardinals managed to hang in there, ending a couple long rallies on their terms. The Bellaire JV Cardinals fell in two sets; but, they competed very well.
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