Paying back its only loss of the season, Cambridge Christian volleyball downed St. Cloud Christian 25-22, 25-16, 26-24 Oct. 14. The Warriors are now 12-4 this autumn with the CAL Finals tournament upcoming on Oct. 25-26.
“Amelia Cole, our starting right hitter, was back that night after a few weeks out with a concussion, which added to a more aggressive net game,” noted Warrior Coach Rachel Newton. “This was our seniors’ final home game, and they ended it on a strong note – working well together as a team, playing scrappy defense, and making smart serving and hitting choices.”
Warrior stats against SCC: Karly Wiek – 11 points, 5 aces, 7 kills, 2 blocks; Kellie Pedersen – 9 points, 5 kills, 11 passes to target; Kristin Bergman – 11 points, 3 aces, 6 kills; Amelia Cole – 4 aces; Kim Walburg – 5 aces, 14 assists, 1 kill.
• On Saturday, the CCS squad competed in the Spikefest Tournament hosted by Fourth Baptist of Plymouth. The Warriors opened with a 25-15, 25-14 loss to St. Paul Academy/Summit School, then came back with a 25-21, 25-20 victory over Park Center. The team ended up in 2nd in its pool play by splitting 25-16, 24-26 with Fourth Baptist.
In the championship semifinals, the Warriors fought well in a 25-21, 18-25, 15-12 loss to Western Lutheran from Plymouth.
That sent CCS to the 3rd-place match against Lake Region Christian School of Brainerd-Baxter. The Warriors won the first game easily at 25-14, but Lake Region rallied back in the next two games for 25-23 and 15-13 wins.
“The team learned some valuable lessons in defensive play and in mental strength when faced with very challenging teams. I’m really glad we participated in the tournament,” added Coach Newton.