Alexandria – 3, St. Cloud Tech – 0

10-8-13-1-2[Are we having fun, or what?  KXRA play-by-play announcer, Dave Harris, in the joy of the moment.]

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[With his broadcasting partner, Michelle Johnson.]

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[Got there in time for a bit of the JV.  Here our Cards block.  They had a nice run at the end to win this game.]

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[Dave was smiling because he was about to cover our 1st place Cards, undefeated in the conference, take on the Tigers of St. Cloud Tech.  Here Emily (6) warms up . . .]

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[And her follow-through.  Thanks to a tip from a professional photographer, Mr. Lang in Seattle, I now have to process over 200 photos per game!  😉 ]

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[Amanda H (11)]

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[Liz (1)]

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[. . .and down.]

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[Amanda C (5)]

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[Brooke (16)]

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[Alexis (8)]

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[Wensia (10)]

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[Amanda H setting Brooke.]

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[Anatomy of a kill.  This is the volleyball equivalent of the homerun or the slam dunk.  Here Amanda H sets Wensia, who then clears as Brooke is set.]

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[Then it was time for the National Anthem . . .]

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[Ted Dietz led the high school choir in a performance exhibiting once again that only a choir can sing that song!  🙂  That’s the St. Cloud Tech Tigers on the court; some of our volleyballers and cheerleaders joined the choir.]

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[In team intros, Emily . . .]

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[Liz . . .]

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[Amanda C . . .]

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[And Gretchen (3), all appear to be hitting the last note of the aria.  😉 ]

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[Let’s roll, ladies!]

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[The Cards had to come back from a 1 – 2 game deficit at Tech.]

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[Early on, Amanda C got the Cards off to a hot start.]

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[Looking good here!]

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[Wensia, Liz, Amanda C]

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[The Katie serve . . .]

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[Kalley and Amanda H, a/k/a, “The Twins” (note to a reader (and he knows who he is): no, they’re not really twins – they have different last names!),  patrol center court.]

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[Wensia and Liz leap into action.]

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[Whadya think, play No. 2?]

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[Yeah, I like 2.]

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[Amanda C’s jump serve . . .]

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[Kalley, Liz, Amanda H – our dynamic 5’6″, 5’9″, and 5’5″ front line.  🙂 ]

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[And here they go, up for a couple of blocks . . .]

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[Liz serves.]

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[Emily rotates into the front line with Kalley and Amanda H.]

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[(Is that math test tomorrow?)]

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[Amanda H sets . . .]

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[And Kalley rises to the occasion.]

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[And then forward for defense.  Amanda C has now rotated into the front line with “The Twins.”]

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[Kalley readies to go up again . . .]

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[Gretchen joins in at middle linebacker.]

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[While the defensive front stunts to rush the passer!]

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[Amanda H uploads a set while Amanda C, Wensia, and Emily move forward for the kill.]

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[It looks like Wensia is waiting for it to drop out of the sky.]

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[Morgan, Brooke, and Katie]

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[Let’s wrap this up.  The Salty Dogs are playing at SAWA!]

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[And a big congrats to the soccer team!  Conference champs (and undefeated in conference play) for the first time ever.  And not only were they undefeated at home all year, they never allowed a goal at home!  Much of that thanks must go to goalie, Sarah Bruzek, who here tries to ride herd on the all-male volleyball fan club!  😉  ]

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[Amanda H’s jump serve . . .]

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[Game was tight.]

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[OK, that was a little too close . . .]

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[No, that’s not Kim Kardashian . . .]

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[Sometimes I have to bend over backwards to make a save . . .]

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[What are we having for the after game snack?]

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[“The Twins” ready for game 2.]

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[Katie, are you getting the ball?]

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[I think I’ll go this way.]

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[What?  I should go this way?]

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[Amanda C’s jump serve . . .]

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[Liz thinks . . . oy?]

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[Emily and Wensia block.]

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[Game 2 is in the book – a little more comfortable.]

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[One to go . . .]

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[Let’s do it!]

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[Sophomore Wensia seeks the wise consul of senior Amanda C.]

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[Never get catsup on a No. 5!]

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[Did all you underclassmen hear that?  No catsup on a No. 5!]

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[And never order a No. 9!  You’ll lose 5″ in your vertical!]

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[Amanda H in the background is partially obscured by . . . Amanda H in the foreground?]

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[Did you see me just go by . . . me?]

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[Liz’s block attempt coerced a netted ball.]

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[I’m ready for a set.]

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[Get it!]

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[Wensia, Emily, and Amanda C . . .]

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[Wensia and Emily get it.]

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[I’m getting the No. 5 . . .]

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[with spicy mustard.]

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[ . . . but if you get it with spicy mustard, get banana peppers too.]

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[Please, go out!]

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[We did good!]

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[“The Twins” plot strategy.]

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[You go net, I’ll go back.]

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[Amanda C feints left . . .]

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[Comes back right, smiling at her deception.  😉  ]

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[And then goes up with Liz for a block.]

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[Amanda H moves for a set.]

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[And does such.]

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[Wensia celebrates a kill.]

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[Love it.]

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[Get it, Liz.]

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[I’m starting to taste that No. 5!]

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[Amanda C]

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[Whomp!]

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[Ponytail adjustments necessary after each kill.]

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[We’re getting close.]

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[It’s over!  A 3-game sweep.]

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[Yes!]

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[Good game, Tigers.]

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Up next:  I have no idea.  We have all day music and volleyball tomorrow (as usual, the girls’ soccer opening section game runs afoul of our existing schedule).  And even as we speak, we’re under a tornado watch here (strong, gusty winds all day) – Alex was even specifically mentioned on the Weather Channel.

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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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