[She floats through the air with the greatest of ease!  Sophomore Amanda Haack executes a jump serve.  It’s a high risk play, but I haven’t seen her miss one yet.  She’s going to be a player!  🙂  It’s a lot harder trying to catch one on camera that’s not blurry!]

We won!  We beat St. Cloud Tech in 3 straight games Thursday, which was fortunate as it was also date night and Funky Gumbo was playing!  😉  I believe that makes us 7-1 in conference with a match-up against undefeated Fergus this week.  Go Cards!

[This is why the staff photographer and I have white lens envy.  On the other hand, it does give and impression of speed and quickness?  With my ever increasing ability to recognize players now, senior Tara LeBrassuer?]

[And the blur at top of this warm-up photo bears a striking resemblance to senior Dani Strater.]

[Ms. Haack (11), again, I presume.]

[Senior Adrianne Wensman gives it the “Is it in?” look while still airborne.]

[The game plan for tonight?  Win!]

[Greetings to the Tigers.  And, for all, remember there is “No Smoking” in the Jefferson High gymnasium!]

[The home team.]

[Dani Strater.  During introductions, the players tossed something into the stands – possibly pickled vegetables?  Possibly beets or herring, but then herring’s not a vegetable.  Well, unless you consider a dead fish to be a vegetable?]

[Sophomore Liz Schultz.  The toss we used playing corn hole at camp.]

[Senior Allie Noetzelman]

[Senior Jenni Wild]


[Junior Amanda Christianson, picked out her folks and hit them with a perfect toss.]

[Senior Natalie Watkins tried it overhand.]

[Senior Shanee’ Herd]

[Do you think she could have possibly seen me, hiding in the stands behind her mom and dad?]

[OK, let’s get started!]

[The defensive line takes position . . .]

 [And action.]

[I think they’re going that way.]

[Shanee’ sets up in back.]

[Emily comes in for Allie.  I still have no idea how substitutions work?]

[Amanda C welcomes senior Nicole Canavati.]

[Adrianne at net watches the ball whiz by.]

[Adrianne has kinda assumed Sam Trumm’s old role – celebrater-in-chief!  😉 ]

[Nicole keeps one alive . . .]

[And Dani knocks it over.]

[Adrianne serves . . .]

[Then saves.]

[Jenni chases a double into the rightfield corner.]

[What are you doing after the game?]

[I’m thinking DQ, then the tanning booth?]

[Listen, if you’re all thinking of going to DQ after the game, do not order the quarter-ton Blizzard!  You’re in training, for crying out loud!]

[I got the quarter-ton last week, but I shared it with the chess club and the Super Fans.]

[Well, let’s close out this first game.]

[OK, Game 2.]

[I wanna dance with you, hold you in my arms once more, that’s what they invented dancing for, I just want to dance with you ~ The Salty Dogs . . .]

[I’m lonesome!  😦 ]

[Jenni gives double secret probation hand signals.]

[Then goes up for a block.]

[Adrianne asks, “Did anyone order my Blizzard yet?”]

[And then helped Amanda C on a block.

[Jenni heads to the left flank in support of Amanda C and Adrianne.]

[Adrianne and Amanda C are skybound again.  As I recall, I asked the Fat Boys just the other day, “When was the last time you jumped?”]

[Prelude to deployment.  Again, either through hand signals or vocal commands, they do stuff about which I have no understanding.]

[Jenni, “You put your right leg out, and you shake it all about.”]

[It’s my ball and you can’t have it!]

[23 – 43xx – slant right – hut – hut!]



[Dani in a balanced defensive position.]

[Amanda H sets.]

[Tara and Amanda C are happy in their work.]

[Allie signals for a slider, low and away.]

Shanee’ serves:

[Are you sure it’s DQ after the game?]

[Were you in the front row or in the back?]

[OK, we have the lead . . .]

[Now keep it, Amanda.]

[I’m serving, right?]

[The Amanda H jump serve – I did get it twice.  🙂 ]

[We’re gonna block here.]

[Dani and Tara go up.]


[Did we do that right?]

[I like mine with Heath bar crunchies.]


[Nicole sets.]

[And we close out Game 2.]

[Big win!]

[A Game 3 set.]


[We did that good.  Let’s do it again!]

Let’s follow Nicole through a point:





[Shanee’ back on the service line.]

[Amanda H framed by Cardinal padding.]

[Looks like Adrianne on the block.]

[Amanda H setting Adrianne.]

[No Blizzard for me.  Going for a chocolate malt!]

[Yup, it’ll be a malt.]

[Our point!]

[We’re getting close!]



[Hit it over, Natalie!]


[I heard that Ole & Lena joke from Beryl.]

[Do you think I should tell it to Amanda H before she serves?]

[Probably not, huh?]

[Not a problem – but remember, I’m only a sophomore.]

[The ole misdirection deploy.]

[Maybe the last point . . .]

[Because game over.]

[We won!  Jenni was player-of-the-game for her complete game.  She plays offense, defense, digs, sets, and kills.  I could not stay for player-of-the-game photos a’ la the staff photographer – see “date night” above.  Amanda C had a whole bunch of kills – when she gets her pitch, she hits it out of the park!  They usually are not touched, let alone returned.]

[Good game, good game, good game, good game, good game, good game . . .]

Next up:  Fall colors, Moby Obie, music, music, music, and more endearingly insipid commentary.

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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1 Response to Volleyblog

  1. Dave Serie says:

    Wow..really great to see all those Alex female athletes doing so well in most all sports..they must be hard working and well coached. Congrats to them!

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