Cardinals Outplay Eagles 3-0

By Skip Hunter –

The Southwest Minnesota Christian Eagle volleyball team began the 2017 campaign on the road in Luverne.

The Eagles featured 2 sophomores and 4 seniors in their starting line-up. In all 3 games SWC found itself in an early hole and were not quite able to get over the hump, losing 3-0 to the home-team Cardinals.

In game 1 they were down 5-0 until Jazy Prins picked up the first of 12 kills that she would register on the night. The score then went to 8-1 before Shayla Prins scored using a Jazy pass and an Olivia Veldkamp set. J. Prins scored again and then Sydney Van Hulzen picked up a block to make the score 9-4. Van Hulzen then went cross court using a Sommer Schaap set after a Brooklyn De Kam pass. Jazy then passed to Schaap who returned the ball to Prins for the kill. Bella Niemeyer, the second sophomore in the line-up, had a tip kill to make the score 17-7.  Niemeyer had another kill using a Veldkamp set after a Jessa Nibbelink pass.

J. Prins made another kill followed by a De Kam pass to S. Prins who poked the ball over to make the score 19-11. Niemeyer recorded an ace serve and J. Prins served 3 aces in a row to cut the lead to 19-16. LHS then went ahead 22-17 before Van Hulzen made another block followed by an LHS hitting error to make the score 22-19. After the home team upped their lead to 23-20, Van Hulzen knocked over an ace serve, Niemeyer had a kill assisted by Emily Nerem to make the score 23-22 in favor of the Cardinals. The red birds scored again as 2 SWC errors tied the score at 24. However, an Eagle service error and a LHS kill gave the home team a 26-24 win in game 1.

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Sydney Van Hulzen (12) and Brooklyn De Kam (5) nail the block for the Eagles.

Middle hitter Holly Vis works around the Cardinals block.

Bella Niemeyer lines up for a hit. (Photos by Micah Fennema)