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By Missy Klatt
GLENWOOD CITY — A whole flock of Cardinals came to Glenwood City last Thursday, September 12 when the Lady Hilltopper volleyball team hosted Prescott in a best 3-out-of-5 match up.
Unfortunately the Toppers were out played and lost in three straight sets to the Cardinals, 22-25, 13-25 and 12-25.
The Toppers began strong as a tight battle took place during the first set.
Glenwood City head coach Nicole Miller stated that their blocking improved significantly during this match up.
“We had been struggling with that prior but have been working a lot on that these last couple weeks and it is definitely paying off for us,” noted Coach Miller
In the second and third sets, the Lady Toppers were struggling with serve receive and tip coverage which affected their passing. This had a trickledown effect on the setters not being able to get good sets to the hitters and thus the hitters not being able to have as many kills.
The Cardinals also started using more quick sets and plays against the Toppers in the second set that threw the locals off.
By the third set, the Toppers had improved on their tip coverage but struggled with communication on the court. Glenwood City also missed too many serves and didn’t capitalize on some easy passes.
For the match, Maddie Oehlke and Yasmin Mendez led the team in kill points while Kristin Dayton led the team in ace points.
Coach Miller stated that, “the girls who are on varsity are fighters and great athletes and they do a great job of playing all the way around the court and all the way through sets and matches so I give them a lot of credit for working and staying focused.”
The Hilltoppers start conference play when they travel to Boyceville this Thursday, September 19 for a 7:00pm match. Then next Monday, the 23rd, they will head to Red Wing for some non-conference action before heading back into confernce play the next day to host Colfax.