Volleyball, Courtesy Staff Photographer

On October 4, our Cards hosted 1st place and undefeated in conference, Fergus Falls.  We knew during this game Shanee’ Herd would get her 1,000th dig.  Since we have been following Shanee’s “career” from the time she was selling us Girl Scout cookies, we really wanted to be there.  Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my (if not the supervisor’s 😉  ) control, we could not.  Fortunately, the staff photographer could.  Whatta guy!  The following photos are all his . . . obviously.  I just try to put them in order and make up stuff about what’s happening in them.

Fergus won.  The first job of a reporter is to report.  Them’s the facts.  But it took them 4 games, three decided by just two points.  For whatever reason, the Cards took a game off during the match to worry about a trig (do they still teach it?) exam or a Kim Kardashian sighting.

[The aforementioned Ms. Herd in the middle as the libero, flanked by Natalie Watkins on her right and Jenni Wild on her left.]

[C’mon Otters, give it your best shot!]

[Natalie, Ally, Jenni, Adrianne, and Amanda facing the dreaded Otters on the other side of the net.  Well, Ally’s facing Natalie.]

[Shanee’ serves, the students cheer.]

[I have reason to suspect Shanee’ just got her 1,000th dig!  🙂 ]

[A sheepish grin.  Did you ever wonder how shy embarrassment became “sheepish”?]

[Soon to be a centerpiece setting for Marnee’?]

[Pizza’s on Shanee’!]

[Congratulations, Shanee’!]

[Hugs from the coach!]

[A little styling from Amanda!]

[Meanwhile, back at the ballgame, Jenni prepares for a dig.]

[As a fan, the most attractive feature of volleyball is the sheer joy and exuberance displayed after winning a . . . point!]

[Aaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!]

[Wow!  That was fun!]

[Another dig for Shanee’?]

[Natalie gets the set.]

[Here’s that trick play again where Ally tricks them by facing the “wrong” way (wink, wink).]

[Adrianne goes up for a hit.]

[And our strategic plan is . . .]

[The joy and exuberance of winning a point.  Oh, I said that already.]

[More “stategery” [sic] . . .]

[There must be something I can say here, but . . .]

[All for one and one for all!]

[Another nail biter.]

[Cards go up for a block.]

[Shanee’ on “D.”]

[Adrianne and Jenni rise to the occasion.]

[If you think there is joy and exuberance after a won point . . .]

[It goes off the charts for a won game!]

[So let’s just sit back . . .]

[And enjoy the moment.]

[Amanda C’s dad for the family scrapbook.]

[I think it’s Tara?]

[Point for the good guys.]

[Let’s hang in there.]

[The end is nigh.  We gave it a good run.]

[Adrianne was selected player-of-the-game!  🙂 ]

[She says, “Come see us at the Alexandria Invite on Saturday.  Volleyball all day long!”]

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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