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Bump, Set ’til the End

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​Lady Cardinals varsity compete against Columbus Discoverers on Thursday, September 4. The varsity team lost three sets to one after a close match.

​Lady Cardinals varsity compete against Columbus Discoverers on Thursday, September 4. The varsity team lost three sets to one after a close match.

Yesenia Cabrera

Yesenia Cabrera

​Lady Cardinals varsity compete against Columbus Discoverers on Thursday, September 4. The varsity team lost three sets to one after a close match.

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Half way through their volleyball season and the Lady Cards are preparing themselves to finish it strong. “The first game, nerves got the best of us, but we definitely are a better team than what it showed,” said Coach Kenzie Helmink.  After a close match for their first game, the varsity team lost three sets to one against the Columbus Discoverers. “We started off really slow in the Columbus game, but after two sets we switched the lineup, and it sparked the girls to play really well. We won the third set and came very close to winning the fourth. I felt how we started and how we ended were night and day different. I loved how the team never gave up and it shows their determination and work ethic,” Coach Brooke Pfeifer said.

 “ I think our first game against Columbus went pretty well for our first game. We struggled a little in the beginning, but we got the hang of it throughout the game,” varsity player, Faviola Enriquez said.

With three new coaches, the Lady Cards have improved their strategies and goals throughout the season. Since the first set we have changed the line up a little bit to better fit the players in our program. We are also changing the lineup again against Beatrice to see if we can get athletes in better positions to be successful. I am constantly looking at data to be more strategic,” Coach Pfeifer said.

Throughout the season, the volleyball girls have had team bonding time and improved on their weakness for the rest of the season.“Weaknesses as a team, as a whole, would have to be communication and serves. This team is one of the best teams out there, and the schools that we play against don’t do anything special to beat us. We have times of lack of communication or tenseness before a serve, but we come back from that and get better as a whole. We build off of our mistakes, so the next game we can achieve and conquer. All of our players are talented and have it in us to push and fight for an amazing season,” junior varsity and varsity player Katrina Luong said.

“It has been a great season so far, even though we have won few games. With determination, we will try to win the rest of our games,” varsity player Estela Bernabe said. The Lady Cards last game was in Aurora at a tournament. After a close match, they won one set and lost two sets.

The expectations and goals for the season have not changed at all. “I have seven seniors on the team, so we are focusing on playing with heart and having fun. I told them this is their last year, and I want you to have a fun experience that you can remember forever. So we are focusing on team building and just having fun for the rest of the season,” Coach Pfeifer said.  

Lady Cardinals upcoming game will be a tournament against Omaha Skutt on Friday, October 2. Go cheer on the Lady Cardinals!

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