It was a bit of a tough week once again for the Boone Central varsity volleyers, but the young Cardinals continued to fight and make improvement.
Boone Central began its week at West Point and dropped a 25-20, 15-25, 12-25, 10-25 decision to Guardian Angels Central Catholic (7-2).
“The girls are doing some great things at moments … just waiting for it to all click for them,” Cardinal Coach Angie Sup commented.
Makayla McGill set 12 assists for an attack led by Linnea Nissen (9 kills), Natalie Schrad (6), Kailey Patzel (5) and Hannah Krohn (4).
The Cardinal volleyball program hosted its annual Boone Central Invitational Saturday, winning one of 3 matches. Boone had a strong start before losing a hard-fought initial match to a very good Oakland-Craig (9-1) team 25-17, 14-25, 9-25.
“The girls played amazing defense and kept taking the ball to Oakland-Craig in the first set … they played with confidence and composure,” Sup praised. “The next two sets their outside hitter got hot with line shots and cross court shots, making our defense move more.”
Boone Central saw its hard work rewarded with a come-from-behind 20-25, 25-14, 28-26 win over Stanton (3-5) in consolation play. Nissen (11 kills), Hedlund (9), Krohn (8) and Schrad (6) fueled a balanced attack, with McGill setting 19 assists and Patzel 17.
“The Cardinals fell short in the first set but came back in the second with the effort to not lep the ball drop,” Sup noted. “In the third set, we were down 11 points and came back. The girls showed heart and never gave up.
“I’m proud of the girls for fighting for that win!”
Boone Central (3-6) could not make it two straight, falling 25-20, 25-19 in the 5th place match to Central City (3-5).
“The Cardinals played ‘afraid to make mistakes’ instead of just taking it to the opposing team,” Sup rued.
Hedlund (6), Nissen (5), Schrad (4) and Krohn (4) were the kill leaders, Patzel (12) topped assists, and dig leaders included Borer (12), Hedlund (12) and Patzel (11).
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