Warrior Volleyball rallies to defeat rival RAHS

SPORTS ROUND-UP: Cambridge Christian volleyball earned an exciting Christian Athletic League road win Sept. 21 by rallying from two games down to defeat rival Rochester Area Home Schools in five games: 20-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-5.

Coach Rachel Newton: “We were missing senior setter Shelby Doble that night (due to illness), so we had some trouble in the first two games. But the girls really rallied and played some great volleyball that night. Both teams have good blocking and hitting, so it made the rallies really fun to watch. The girls all stayed really strong mentally and kept their focus about winning one point at a time. Their teamwork and strategy really won them the game.”

Caitlin Walburg led the Warrior defense with 10 digs, Kim Walburg led the offense with 15 assists, and Kellie Pedersen had a season-high 9 kills. Karly Wiek followed with 7 kills, and K. Walburg helped the victory with 12 service points in the match (1 ace).

• Back on Sept. 15, the Warriors beat Immanuel in three in the CAL match: 25-16, 25-21, 25-18.

C-I Tennis goes 1-2

Cambridge-Isanti girls tennis swept the season series with Big Lake with a 6-1 victory Sept. 24, taking all three doubles matches.

Coach Lee Orvik: “Beating Big Lake was good for our team morale. It was our 10th win of the season, and we played well at all positions. We have two very difficult matches to finish the regular season with Rogers (home-closer on Sept. 27) and Chisago Lakes (Oct. 4).

Bluejackets 6, Big Lake 1

Singles: Schmieg lost Johnson 4-6, 6-2, 6-1; Page def Campbell 6-3, 6-2; K. Hanson def Johnson 6-2, 6-3; B. Hanson def Kleven 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: A.Hanson/Hallstrom def Hassler/Becker 6-2, 6-2; Baker/Newman def Campbell/Peterson 6-3, 6-2; Booth/Osborn def Nelson/Miller 6-7, 6-2, 6-1.

• On Sept. 20, Monticello defeated the host Bluejackets 5-2. Then on Sept. 25, host Buffalo got past the C-I girls 4-3 in a tight M-8 match.

Coach Orvik: “We had to play without our 1st Singles player tonight, forcing us to slide our singles players out of position. The team stepped up to the challenge and played their hearts out. The last time we played Buffalo they nipped us at 2nd and 3rd Doubles. This time we dominated their doubles. ”

Buffalo 4, Bluejackets 3

Singles: Page lost Rixe 6-1, 6-0; K. Hanson lost Allen 6-3, 6-0; B.Hanson lost Lubben 6-1, 6-3; Kirkhoff lost Botzet 6-4, 6-4. Doubles: Hallstrom/Newman def HBotzet/Nyholm 6-1, 6-1; A.Hanson/Baker def Bye/Kaiser 6-1, 6-2; Booth/Osborn def Koppi/Roethke 6-1, 6-2.

Mississippi 8 Girls Tennis: St. Michael-Alb. 7-1, 15-3; Buffalo 7-2, 12-4; Monticello 5-3, 10-7; Cambridge-Isanti 4-5, 10-5; Rogers 2-7, 3-13; Big Lake 0-8, 1-11

Braham V-ball 7-0 in GRC

Braham overcame sporadic play on Sept. 25 by defeating visiting Isle in four: 25-17, 25-17, 19-25, 25-19. Sarah Tomlinson had a huge night with 18 digs, 14 kills and 8 aces against the Huskies as Braham improved to 7-0 in Great River matches.

• Closing out a busy Homecoming week, the Bombers blanked visiting Pine City Sept. 20:  25-15, 25-13, 25-22. Alyssa Thom knocked in 7 aces serves, Kayla Nickles led with 19 digs, and Carley Lynch set up 21 assists.

Bombers 3, Isle 1

Nickles– 22 digs, 7 kills; Tomlinson– 18 digs, 14 kills, 8 aces; Braund–  13 digs, 10 kills; Lynch- 27 assists, 4 ace serves.

GRC Volleyball: Braham 7-0, 11-1; Onamia 5-0, 10-4; Aitkin 4-1, 7-5; Rush City 4-2, 6-6; Hinckley-Fin. 3-4, 5-7; East Central 2-4, 5-6; Isle 1-4, 1-10; Pine City 1-6, 1-11; Ogilvie 0-6, 1-11

C-I Swimmers fall to Bison

In their lone action last week, the Bluejacket girls swimmers and divers dropped a 97-79 conference dual meet to visiting Buffalo Sept. 20. Cambridge-Isanti (0-2, 2-3) travels to Mississippi 8 power M