The Cardinal volleyball program hosted seven teams Saturday in the annual Boone Central Invitational tournament.
And, while Boone Central/Newman Grove did not have the performance and finish it would have liked, the experience gained against several tough opponents should benefit the Cardinals as the season progresses.
BC/NG opened the event with a 2-1 loss to Lakeview, which put the Cardinals on the loser’s bracket side of competition for the remainder of the day. The Cards rallied to defeat Tekamah-Herman 2-0, before dropping a 2-0 decision to Wayne in the 5th place match.
Crofton rolled through Wayne, Central City and Lakeview with three 2-1 victories to earn the tournament championship. Lakeview’s 2-1 semi-final win over Ord put the Lady Vikings in the final. Central City swept Ord 2-0 to take 3rd place and Tekamah-Herman defeated O’Neill 2-0 in the match for 7th place.
Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Susan Roberts felt, even with a sixth-place finish, her team made some strides in Saturday’s action.
“Our two losses came against two tough teams,” Roberts commented. “We got off to a sluggish start against Lakeview, but continued to play hard and got some momentum going. We carried that into game two and controlled the match with tough serves and a more aggressive attack.
“In the final set, we hit a slump offensively and struggled to get back to our aggressive attacks.
“We played very steadily and consistently against Tekamah-Herman. We had great serve and serve receive, which allowed us to be effective offensively and defensively,” Roberts continued. “At times against Wayne we played right with them and forced them out of system. We had trouble sustaining that level of play, however, letting them get big runs and fighting from behind.
“Overall, we feel like we’ve made important improvements in our defense and blocking and look forward to several tough matches this week to keep improving our overall play.”
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