September 5, 2012

Cardinal volleyball splits matches

By Adam Thomas, BHG News Service

It’s a different looking team this year for Washburn girls volleyball. A little less power is compensated with a little more finesse to form the calling card of this year’s Cardinal team. And while it will take time for all the players to adjust to losing last year’s graduating seniors, the team’s first week of games came and went with matches against Minot Ryan and Drake-Anamoose. The season opener against Minot Ryan was a short affair as the Cardinals went down in three straight quick sets, 3-0. However, the Lady Cardinals had the home crowd on the edge of their seats in the second game of the week against Drake-Anamoose by narrowly beating out the Raiders 3-2. Washburn didn’t have many answers for Minot Ryan’s devastating service attack in the Cardinals’ game on Thursday. They landed plenty of aces while anything that didn’t score a point on the serve had the height of the Lions ready to defend against any and all attacks from the home team’s side. Bishop Ryan held steady control of all three sets. The first ended 25-13. The closest the Cardinals came to pulling off a win was in the second set, but the Lions held on 25-18 and then put the game to rest with a commanding third set 25-10.

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