Card volleyers close Mid-State with wins, lose heartbreaker in sub-district


The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals concluded 2016 Mid-State Conference volleyball with a pair of victories in a consolation triangular in Albion Thursday, hoping the success would provide a spark and some momentum for this week’s C1-7 Sub-District competition.
Boone Central/Newman Grove (11-17) hosted O’Neill and Norfolk Catholic after all three teams lost their first two matches in the annual conference tournament.
The Cardinals opened Thursday’s action with a 25-14, 25-15 sweep of O’Neill (8-19). BC/NG took early leads in both sets and controlled play throughout.
The Cardinals finished with a 24-13 advantage in kills, led by Jenna Kramer’s 13. Nicole Woebbecke, Carsen Grape and Karley Zoucha all chipped in three kills. Kelsey Thompson had 17 set assists and added five digs defensively.Woebbecke and Mya Donelson made five digs apiece and Kramer recorded two blocks.
Norfolk Catholic (5-23) edged BC/NG 25-23 in the initial set of the nightcap, but the Cardinals regrouped and posted 25-16, 25-16 wins to capture its second match victory of the night.
Kramer was again the offensive force for Boone Central/Newman Grove, smacking 14 of the Cards’ 28 kills. Woebbecke added five and three Cardinals had three kills apiece. Woebbecke also paced digs with 15 and Zoucha made 10 digs. Kramer and Grape served three aces each.

The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals nearly pulled off a Halloween night trick.
Boone Central/Newman Grove pushed #2 seed Pierce (18-11) to the limit Monday night before dropping an excruciating 25-16, 24-26, 25-21, 19-25, 10-15 decision to the Bluejays in the C1-7 Sub-District tournament at Norfolk.
With the loss, the Cardinals finished the 2016 season 11-18, while Pierce advanced to play Wayne (21-10) in the sub final Tuesday.
Boone Central/Newman Groveoften had the Bluejays on the run, totaling 43 kills in the contest. Seniors Jenna Kramer and Karley Zoucha each had 14 kills to lead the Cardinals and senior Tessa Hedlund added eight.