Whom Amongst Us Doesn’t Like Volleyball?

October 3

The Tuesday/Thursday games last week were against Sauk Rapids/Rice and Willmar – in some semblance or another, the No. 1 and 2 teams in the section and the conference.  We lost the home match to SRR in 5 sets; we beat Willmar at their place in 5 sets.  Pretty good week!

[The Cardinal volleyball team . . . 2025 – 27?]

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[The Cardinal volleyball team 2017.]

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[The meet and greet with the SRR Storm . . . ]

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[And we’re off!]

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[L-r:  Mya Lesnar (10), Erika Roderick (7), and Mia McGrane (5), all sophomores]

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[Mia on serve . . . ]

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[We obviously have changed sides . . . I’m sure you picked up on that.  Here we have McKenzie Duwenhoegger (11), a junior, and Erika on defense.  We lost the first two games, and didn’t look particularly good doing so.  But there would be a turn around.]

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[McKenzie on serve . . . ]

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[Erica likely setting Mia on the far side . . . ]

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[Senior Tori Jeseritz (2) in the hands up blocking position.]

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[McKenzie’s still serving . . . ]

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[Erika and libero Devany Johnson (9), a junior, on defense.]

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[Turn around complete – we’re now down 2 games to 1.]

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[Mia leads off . . . ]

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[McKenzie with a kill . . . ]

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[But ready if it comes back . . . ]

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[The linebackers are set again . . . ]

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[GOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!  Kendry Hardy (13), junior, clapping at the net.]

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[Errrr, I mean POINNNNNTTTTTTTTTTTTT!]

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[Probably the best game I had seen us play all year – totally dominated the No. 1-ranked team in the section.]

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[McKenzie and Mya, the dynamic shot put duo.]

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[We don’t have great height, but our blocking is pretty effective.]

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[Here with Mia, Tori, and Kendra.]

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[Tori looks, “Oh no!”]

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[We were playing the 5th game for the match.  It only takes 15 points to win Game 5.]

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[Either because of the energy spent catching up, or thinking Game 4 had us on a unbeatable roll, we dropped too far behind too early in this last game . . . ]

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[The lost cause is written on their faces . . . ]

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[Up . . . ]

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[And down again . . . ]

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[With their eyes on the prize . . . ]

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[We’ll leave you uplifted.  There are good things ahead for this team.]

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Once you get the taste of ruining somebody’s great hit, it stays with you. And it changes the game. A great defensive play is worth about five points in emotion.  ~  Caren Kemner (3-time Olympian)

Uo Next:  Volleyball

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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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2 Responses to Whom Amongst Us Doesn’t Like Volleyball?

  1. Carol Kirsch says:

    Way to go NUMBER 9 (In the RED Jersey!!!)

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