It was a week of some good, some not so good for the Boone Central/Newman Grove volleyball team.
After scoring a solid 3-1 victory at Fullerton (13-10) Tuesday, the Cardinals traveled north Thursday, dropping a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Mid-State Conference foe Hartington Cedar Catholic (15-8).
BC/NG Coach Susan Roberts, while pleased with many aspects of her team’s play through the week, said the Thursday result left the Cards with mixed feelings.
“Tuesday was a good win at Fullerton. We executed well offensively and defensively,” Roberts noted. “We hit .158, with 47 kills, and also had 47 digs, 10 ace blocks and 12 ace serves.
“So, we did a good job scoring our own points and being very efficient, rather than relying on Fullerton to make errors. They had some big plays and hits, and I thought we handled that well and didn’t let them go on any big runs.
“Thursday, we played an inconsistent game,” she added. “We played very well in sets one, three and four. I felt we executed, had good ball control, and again created plays and points for ourselves.
“Unfortunately, in sets two and five, we did not do that. We didn’t adjust well to their attacks and didn’t create any offense of our own. It seemed we really lost our mental focus in those two sets.
“So, we left the game with mixed feelings – disappointed by our lack of focus, especially in set five, but encouraged by our ability to execute and win sets one and four.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove (9-14) got off to a quick start at Fullerton, then finished off a four-set victory by scores of 25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17. Jenna Kramer and Nicole Woebbecke led a robust attack with 10 kills each.
Thursday night’s contest at Hartington was a seesaw affair, but the Cardinals’ woes in sets two and five led to a 25-21, 8-25, 20-25, 25-23, 4-15 loss to the Trojans.
Kramer again had a big night at the net for BC/NG, with 11 kills and two blocks.
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