First Home Volleyball Game – Ooops!

The volleyball team opened its home season on Tuesday hosting the dreaded Otters from Fergus Falls.  [Editor’s note:  The staff photographer covered a home girls soccer game the same night – results and photos will be posted on this site when available.]

The Cards started fast – racing out to an early big lead as they were setting beautifully and putting away their kill opportunities.  Fergus had a front line size advantage, but throughout the match that didn’t appear to be a difference maker as the Cards stuffed the Otters seemingly as much as vice-versa.  But the Cards faltered and let Fergus back into the game – the Otters took their first lead at 25-24 and won the game on the next point. 

[Sheree Oberg, white top, is “publisher” of the Cardinal Connection which tells us what just happened and what’s coming up.  She also patrols the student fans to make sure they maintain a proper sense of decorum.  I believe that makes her eligible for combat pay!  (But seriously folks, they have fun with each other.) 😉  Upon further review, that appears to be Cardinal basketball point guard, Cara Wood, to Sheree’s immediate left – probably there to scout Brianna Rasmussen (see further below).]

The Cards cruised through the next two games, winning 25-18 (not that close) and 25-14 – at that point we’re thinking the match should have been over because we should have won game 1.  Then for game 4, the entire team “left” the court to go work on their history homework, or something?  They were totally discombobulated throughout, and the final score, 15-25,  was only made halfway “respectable” with a late run.  So, it was on to game 5 – the deciding game which only goes to 15.  At this point the senior citizens among us (Super Fans Barb and Roger Riley, behind me, and Ruth (Helie) and Alvern Anderson, in front) were starting to grumble about having to spend 2 1/2 hours sitting on hard wooden bleachers with no backs – raising, again, a hew and cry for a new high school!

[Our best game – they can do it.]

[This is Shanee’ Herd’s (No. 6) 23rd year in varsity sports – and she’s still only a junior! 

😉 ]

[Girls huddle.]

[Boy fans huddle.]

[Otter Brianna Rasmussen was starting point guard as a freshman on their basketball team last year.  Terrific athlete.]

[“Now what did we do?”]

The Cards had their mojo back at the beginning of the deciding game. They built an early 8-4 lead, but then . . . Fergus, to their credit, came back to win it.  It’s especially tough because we’ve always held their fans among the worst.  I think we had the better team – it’s just a matter of keeping focused.  We hope that will develop with experience.  We have some talent – and we like it that Emily Kuennen (No. 11) and Amanda Christianson (No. 8)are both 5’10” and only sophomores.  Do girls grow anymore after 10th grade?

[Jennifer Wild, libero, photo on loan from Echo Press.]

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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