Elizabeth made numerous diving digs, killer spikes and long volleys but D'Evelyn won the Sept 4 non-league volleyball game 3-0. “We are playing well at times but we have played some very good teams …
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Elizabeth made numerous diving digs, killer spikes and long volleys but D'Evelyn won the Sept 4 non-league volleyball game 3-0.
“We are playing well at times but we have played some very good teams and haven't put all the elements together to get our first match victory,” Cardinals Coach Shawn Novak said. “We are improving each match we play. We have played tough teams and we are working out what we need to do to get a win every time we play a match. The players are hustling and working hard and at times playing very good offense and defense. But so far we just haven't put everything together for three sets to get that match win that is long overdue.”
The first-year coach said the defense is the strength of the team.
“We are making the good defensive plays at times and we have four or five good hitters,” the coach said. “Right now we just haven't consistently made the passes needed to give the hitters the ball where it needs to be so they can drive it to the floor in the other team's court. Those elements are coming and you can see it in the way we play at times. We just have to make those solid offensive and defensive plays more consistently so we can win some matches. ”
The Cardinals are 0-5 so far this season and in four of the five matches they lost at least one set by two points as they did in the third set against D'Evelyn.
The Jaguars came into the match looking for their first win of the season. The o-4 record coming into the Elizabeth match included a pair of 3-2 set losses to previously unbeaten teams.
The energy was high as the Cardinals took the court against D'Evelyn, as was the vocal support from a sizable group of students who came to the match to cheer on the Elizabeth team.
A high school volleyball match can go as long as five sets. The first team to win three sets wins the match and a set win must be by at least two points.
D'Evelyn hit their stride early with serving aces and winning points by the Jaguar hitters driving the ball to the floor, so there was no return as they won the first set 25-7 and the second set 25-5.
However, Elizabeth came back strong in the third set. The play was intense and Elizabeth played excellent volleyball and the Cardinal student section responded with loud vocal support.
The Cardinals trailed by seven points in the third set but rallied to tie the score at 24-24. However the Jaguars scored the next two points to win the set 26-24, which gave them the 3-0 match win.
Junior Allison Borgsmiller said the crowd support is a big plus for the team.
“The team is working well together. We are bonding well and working well together,” she said. “Not winning is hard and our energy drops when we don't win. But I feel the strong vocal support from our student section helps us to get fired up and battle back. It also helps that we have players like Haley Hall and Heather Drake who do things like pat players on the back for a good effort and other things to get us fired up and playing harder.”
Borgsmiller said she tried other sports. She said she tried track and it hurt her feet and she isn't a good basketball player, so she plays volleyball for the Cardinals during the high school season and with her club team the rest of the year.
The junior is a hitter, and she said when she goes up to drive the ball over the net she looks for holes in blocks and for areas of the court that aren't being covered.
“Volleyball is a lot of fun,” she said. “We still are looking to win a match but we are working together and I feel we'll get that first match win and win some more matches before the season is over.”
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