Volleyball begins conference play, splits games

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The women’s volleyball team began conference play this weekend against Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan University, losing to the former and winning against the latter.

On Friday, Sept. 7, the Lady Cards fell to Michigan Tech 3-0. The team began the first set strong with a 7-2 lead until they began making errors as the set progressed.

The first set concluded 25-19, and the second did not fare much better, as the Cardinals lost the second set, 25-21.

The team struggled with offensive plays and blocking against Michigan Tech, something the coach and players hope to improve upon as the season goes on.

“Every time we hit the floor, we’re getting better right now,” said head coach Will Stanton. “We’re getting more consistent. We’re getting a little grittier, a little tougher.”

The team members are focused on making improvements and bettering their game going into the rest of the season. They hope to do so by focusing on defense.

“(Our goal moving forward is) making sure we’re focusing on (blocking) and then also defense, making sure we’re picking up any ball we can get,” said sophomore middle hitter Haley Klum.

Following the loss, the team rose to the challenge against Northern Michigan, finding a 3-1 win over the Wildcats.

In the first set, the Cardinals started strong but faded as the game went by. They kept up, but eventually finished the game with a 25-14 loss.

The team brought it back in the second game in a close battle for points. Eventually, they edged out and won in a 28-26 victory.

The third game finished with a score of 25-21, and the fourth with a score of 29-27 after a close match.

Stanton was hopeful for the rest of the season. The team has made improvement and hopes to continue to do so as the season progresses.

“I think that (Friday’s) a sign that we can play with the top teams in the conference,” Stanton said.

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