Going into the 2010 season, a young Boone Central volleyball team with no returning letterwinners and a varsity roster including three freshmen and three sophomores knew it would face a steep learning curve.
The Cardinals have yet to break into the win column during the early portion of the season, but are gaining valuable experience that they expect to pay dividends in the future.
Boone Central opened its home season with a loss to Mid-State foe West Point Central Catholic Thursday, Sept. 9, then fell to 0-5 by dropping decisions to Tekamah-Herman, Wayne and Schuyler in Saturday’s Boone Central Invitational.
W.P.C.C. swept to a 25-10, 25-11, 25-12 victory Thursday.
“The girls were nervous, yet very anxious to play at home in front of friends and family,” said Card Coach Erin Eickhoff. “They played with a lot of heart and determination.
Eickhoff said she saw improvement throughout Saturday’s tournament.
“After playing in the championship match of our tournament the past two years, the Cardinals did not make it to the final round this year, but it was a successful weekend,” she commented. “The girls improved with each match they played throughout the day.
“They are learning more and more how to play together as a team. With each successful play they make, the girls build their confidence and become a more complete team.
“The girls have improved their serve receive, as well as running a more complete offense,” Eickhoff added. “We hope to keep building skills and look forward to playing Norfolk Catholic and Madison at home Thursday.”
Boone Central opened Saturday with a 17-25, 10-25 loss to Tekamah-Herman. Wayne also swept the Cards by scores of 25-15, 25-18. Boone Central won their only set of the day in the 7th place game against Schuyler, 25-20, before dropping 10-25, 12-25 decisions.
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