Cambridge Christian volleyball stayed on a good roll this season, improving its record to 5-0 with a 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22 victory over visiting Fourth Baptist of Plymouth in a home match Sept. 17.
Serving runs by Kim Walburg and Karly Wiek created breathing room in the Game 1 victory, along with Wiek scoring on two blocks at the net. In Game 2, the two Warrior squads were tied five times, the last time at 20-20, before CCS pulled away on hits and serving from Kellie Pedersen. Kristin Bergman also was active at the net, and both teams dug strongly over several long volleys.
CCS Coach Rachel Newton: “Fourth Baptist played good defense against our hits, but we finally took the match. We had some defensive errors that cost us the third game, but overall the girls are finding their stride and working well as a team!”
Bluejackets win Big Lake Invite
The Cambridge-Isanti volleyball squad made a nice rally to take 1st place at the Sept. 14 Big Lake Invite. The Bluejackets began with a 25-16, 25-10 win over Irondale, but they lost the next match 25-21, 27-25 to Willmar. C-I stayed alive with a 25-19, 25-18 win over Big Lake to reach the championship with a rematch against Willmar.
The finals saw Cambridge-Isanti down the Cardinals 25-19, 25-11 to bring home the trophy. In those two games, Claire Sheehan led with 13 kills, Korbyn Felde provided 12 kills and 16 digs, and Sydney Larkin set up 31 assists. Abby Glotzbach’s 10 digs also aided in the victory.
“After losing to Buffalo and St. Michael, my coaching staff and I made the decision to move Claire Sheehan to the outside on Saturday,” said C-I Coach Vicki Courts. “As the day went on, Claire shinned on the outside, and our level of play increased dramatically.”
The team’s lone Mississippi 8 action last week was a 25-18, 25-18, 19-25, 25-13 loss to co-leader St. Michael-Albertville at home. Shelby Sjodin (14), Sheehan (12) and Glotzbach (11) led in digs against the Knights, and Sheehan knocked down 24 kills in the match.
The Bluejackets added a 3-0 non-conference win at Spring Lake Park Sept. 16.
Mississippi 8 Volleyball: Buffalo 3-0, 7-0; St. Michael-Alb. 3-0, 6-4; Monticello 2-1, 10-4; North Branch 2-0, 9-1; Cambridge-Isanti 1-2, 11-4; Big Lake 1-1, 8-6; Rogers 1-1, 6-4; Chisago Lakes 0-2, 4-7; Princeton 0-3, 5-6; St. Francis 0-3, 6-8.
Bombers stack up three GRC wins
Braham remained in the Great River Volleyball lead after posting three recent wins. On Sept. 12, the Bombers used strong serving from Kayla Nickles (12 aces) and Kaylie Paitl (5 aces) to defeat Hinckley-Finlayson 25-8, 25-14, 25-13.
On Sept. 16, Braham swept the series with Rush City with a 25-21, 14-25, 25-18, 25-8 victory over the host Tigers. Carley Lynch regained the team’s momentum in Game 3 with a string of 6 ace serves and finished with 26 assists. Nicole Bacon stepped up with 7 skills, Nickles led with 9 kills, and Angie Bendickson made 19 digs.
Nickles smacked 9 kills and Lynch delivered 23 more assists when Braham defeated East Central 25-20, 25-11, 25-10 Sept. 17.
Great River Volleyball: Braham 5-0, 10-4; Aitkin 4-0, 10-2; Onamia 3-1, 7-6; Rush City 4-2, 8-4; Pine City 2-2, 2-7; Isle 1-3, 2-8; Ogilvie 1-4, 3-8; East Central 0-4, 0-5; Hinckley-Fin. 0-4, 0-9.