The Boone Central Cardinals closed out a tough week of volleyball action with a victory over Tekamah-Herman in their third and final game of Saturday’s Boone Central Invitational.
Boone Central (2-4) began the week with a competitive 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 loss at Guardian Angels Central Catholic Tuesday. BC was held to just 13 kills by the perenially tough Bluejays. Natalee Luettel led the Cardinals with six kills and Caitlin Nelson added four. Nelson also registered a pair of blocks, while Luettel (8), Paige Nelson (7) and Marysa Duerksen (6) led in digs.
Boone Central hosted its annual invitational tournament Saturday in Albion, opening with a 24-26, 25-21, 17-25 defeat at the hands of Ord. The Cards boosted their kill total to 31, on 29 assists, but could not keep pace in the final set after splitting the first two. Luettel had a strong match at the net with 14 kills and freshman Mara Ranslem recorded nine. Paige Nelson led assists with 18. Defensively, dig leaders included Ranslem (13), Luettel (7) and Nelson (7).
The Cardinals dropped a 25-23, 25-17 decision to Central City in consolation play. Ranslem (7) and Luettel (6) again topped kills and Nelson finished with 11 assists. Nelson (8) also led digs, along with Ranslem (7).
Boone Central was able to wrap up play with a 25-16, 25-16 victory over Tekamah-Herman, with Luettel (10 kills) and Ranslem (6) pacing the attack). Nelson had 13 assists and served one.