The Cambridge Christian volleyball team went 2-1 to place third at last weekend’s Christian Athletic League final tournament hosted in St. Croix Falls, Wisc. The Warriors regrouped nicely after a tough semifinal loss to Rochester Area Home School by defeating new rival St. Cloud Christian in the last match of the season.
CCS won the Oct. 26 quarterfinal match against Valley Christian easily 25-6, 25-12. Caitlin Walburg and Shelby Doble were the leading point scorers with 14 and 13, respectively. Kim Walburg had 6 assists, Doble led in digs with 6 and Karly Wiek and Doble both had 3 kills.
“Our semi-final match was against RAHS, and though the games were well fought, we lost 15-25, 23-25 Saturday morning. We had a lot of serving and hitting errors which cost us the game,” replayed CCS Coach Rachel Newton. “Kristin Bergman led our team with 6 points scored, Caitlin Walburg had a solid 12 digs and 4 kills, Kim Walburg had 6 assists, and Kellie Pedersen had 5 blocks – helping to shut down some of their hitters. While many of the girls gave everything they had, we had players who just had an off-game and didn’t add their usual help in point scoring and kills.”
Right away Saturday afternoon, the Warriors played St. Cloud Christian for 3rd place and won in five: 26-24, 21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-9.
Coach Newton: “Caitlin Walburg scored an amazing 21 points, with Karly Wiek following closely with 17. Caitlin also led in digs, with an impressive 24 digs. Karly led our team in kills with 12, followed by Kristin Bergman with 9. Kristin also led our team to 3 blocks against St. Cloud’s impressive front line (three girls over 6 feet tall). Shelby Doble created some great plays with 14 assists, Kim Walburg led with 16. It was an intense and hard-fought game with the Warriors coming out the victors. Even though we missed our goal of being in the championship game, taking home the trophy for third and beating St. Cloud was a great finish to the season!
“We lose seniors Shelby Doble, Seble Doble, and Caitlin Walburg as well as our team manager, Anna Schlipp, this year. They have been hard-working, consistent, key players for the Warriors and will be missed next year!”