Card volleyers win pair in busy week


The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals finished a busy week of volleyball action with two victories in six matches and an overall 5-6 record for the 2016 season-to-date.
BC/NG began the week Tuesday, dropping a 25-16, 25-8, 25-18 decision to Crofton in Albion.
“We struggled to get in sync,” noted Card Coach Susan Roberts. “We couldn’t seem to find a rhythm on offense, made too many errors, and found ourselves out of system much of the match.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove competed in a triangular at Norfolk Catholic Thursday, defeating the host Knights 25-19, 22-25, 25-15 before losing to Stanton in straight sets (25-10, 25-15).
“I felt like our overall execution was better. Our timing and passing was better overall, and that, coupled with aggressive serving, was enough to defeat Norfolk Catholic,” Roberts said. “We couldn’t quite keep pace with a quick, hard-hitting Stanton team.”
Karley Zoucha led the win over Catholic with nine kills, Kramer and Tessa Hedlund added seven apiece. Thompson again directed the attack with 20 assists and Nicole Woebbecke served two aces.
Boone Central/Newman Grove started sluggishly at Saturday’s Central City Invite before capping the tournament and its week with a victory in the Cardinals’ final match of the day.
Nebraska Christian defeated BC/NG 25-12, 25-15 and Hastings won a seesaw battle 25-18, 19-25, 25-17. The Cardinals regrouped to blitz Lexington 25-4, 25-14.
“We started the day pretty lackluster. We just seemed to be a step behind on transition and couldn’t get anything going against Nebraska Christian,” Roberts commented. “We played with better energy v.s Hastings and had moments where we seemed to be really clicking, but couldn’t maintain our level of execution, letting them make some runs on us. We finished the day with a win and played with good energy.”

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