Warriors beat Hope, improve to 6-3

Senior Caitlin Walburg pounded the ball well against Hope Christian in Game 1, then she closed out Game 2 of the Oct. 2 CCS home match by serving in six straight points. Photos by Greg Hunt

Cambridge Christian Volleyball improved to 6-3 with a three-game sweep of visiting Hope Christian Oct. 2: 25-15, 25-10, 25-15. The Warriors are now 5-2 in CAL matches heading into an Oct. 5 road trip to defending CAL champ Christian Life.

After HCA tied Game 1 at 7-7, Kristen Bergman ripped a pair of ace serves, and Caitlin Walburg went on a good stretch of hits at the net to create a gap. Kim Walburg and C. Walburg added strong serving later in the game, and Shelby Doble finished it off with a scoring block.

Game 2 had the Warriors beginning with a 4-0 lead on three aces from K. Walburg. Karly Wiek got hot with her kills at the net, and Kellie Pedersen served in four straight aces to help build a 17-7 advantage. Caitlin Walburg finished out thhe match with six-straight points off serve, adding three more aces.

Coach Rachel Newton: “I was able to play a lot of subs and give them some varsity playing time. Kim Walburg scored 13 points, Caitlin Walburg scored 12, and Kellie Pedersen scored 9. C. Walburg led the team with 9 digs and Karly Wiek had 8, while Kim Walburg helped our hitters with 8 assists. The girls were fired up to play better than the St. Cloud game– they were fired up, encouraging, and consistent throughout the match.”

Karly Wiek had a strong hitting night and added 8 digs on defense in the Warriors’ 3-0 win over Hope Christian Oct. 2.

• On Sept. 28, CCS lost in three games at St. Cloud Christian: 25-15, 26-24, 25-20.

Coach Newton: “Even though we beat them in August, we had an off night (especially with digs and kills), and they were fired up as we were only their second home game of the season. C. Walburg led with 10 points, Shelby Doble and Wiek led the team in digs with 8 apiece, Kellie Pedersen had 2 blocks and 3 kills, and Shelby also led in assists with 6.

“St. Cloud has three players over 6-feet tall, and they blocked well and hit over our blocks. It was a disappointing loss for us, but we’re ready to play them again at the CAL tourney and know what we have to do to win.”