NEW BREMEN – A light seemed to go on for the New Bremen Cardinals volleyball team as the second set of the third match began Saturday.
In a tri-match against the Covington Buccaneers and Anna Rockets the Cardinals defeated Covington 24-26, 25-15 and 25-16 and they defeated Anna 15-25, 25-20 and 25-17. Anna defeated Covington in the second match 25-18, 23-25 and 25-20.
“I think the last two sets of the Anna match has been the best that we have played all season,” Cardinals head coach Theresa Jenkins said. “As far as momentum and energy and getting after the ball we played really well. That is what we have been waiting for.”
In the first set against Anna the Cardinals played flat and couldn’t get into the set. With the score tied at 3-all, Anna got a side out and Danielle Schulze served three straight to increase their lead to 8-4.
Following a Cardinal timeout and an exchange of serves, Morgan Clark served three straight for a 12-5 lead. They eventually rode that to a 25-15 victory.
“We just straight out played flat,” Jenkins said.
In the second set New Bremen got behind 6-5 causing Jenkins to call timeout. After play resumed, the Cardinals started to come alive. They took an 8-7 lead and built the lead behind a pair of serves from Meagan Brandt for a 13-10 lead.
The Rockets tied the score at 14-all, but New Bremen outscored the Rockets 11-6 including the final four points from Brandt for the 25-20 victory and force a third set.
“I wish I could remember what I told them during that timeout,” Jenkins said. “Sometimes I just go off.”
New Bremen took advantage of three net serves by Anna to build an 8-4 lead. Following a Rocket timeout, they came back to 8-7 on two serves from Sami Snyder.
The Cardinals, with the score 11-9, got a pair of serves from Amber Paul and a net serve and five serves from Brandt to build their lead to 19-10.
After an exchange of serves, New Bremen got a pair of points from Hannah Holdren, but Anna attempted a comeback with three serves from Clark before New Bremen ended the set and the match getting another net serve for a 25-17 victory.
“We are still having a little trouble with finishing our sets,” Jenkins said. “We are working on that but I think this is the place to start.”
In the first match of the day New Bremen faced Covington and defeated them in three tough sets 24-26, 25-15 and 25-16.
“We just seem to have a mental breakdown at the end and have a hard time finishing,” Jenkins said. “We have to serve out and pass the ball.”
The Buccaneers built a 6-3 lead early in the first set and made the score 13-11 midway through the set, but Covington added a pair of serves from Caitlyn Crawford to increase the lead to 16-11 causing New Bremen to call timeout.
After the timeout, the Cardinals got back into the set and even got to set point on a serve from Brandt, but the Buccaneers got a side out and a serve from Hannah Pond to win 26-24.
In the second set New Bremen started to take control. They built an 8-3 lead behind four serves from Holdren, but Covington clawed back to 8-6 on serves from Shelby Wang.
Following a Cardinal timeout, they regained the serve and Haley Moeller got New Bremen back in control with four more points, including two aces for a 13-6 lead. They increased the lead on four serves from Gina Griesdorn before winning 25-15.
The third set was similar to the second as New Bremen jumped to a 11-7 lead on four serves from Holdren. After a Covington comeback, the Cardinals continued to roll with a pair of serves from Paul, four from Brandt and three from Holdren before putting the match away 25-16.
“We are trying not to get up by five and then down by five,” Jenkins said. “That is where are mental aspect of the game comes in. We want to be more consistent.”
The Cardinals (4-6) travel to Ft. Loramie tonight.