BERTRAND- Thursday evening Alma and Cambridge made the trek to Bertrand for a triangular hosted by the Vikings. The first match of the night featured Cambridge and Bertrand, the Trojans won two sets to none with the scores reading 25-4 and 25-7. In that first set, it was the Trojans from the get-go as they took a lead and never relinquished it. It was much of the same in set number two as Cambridge jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back.
Unofficially, Jacey Kent had ten kills and five aces to lead the way for Cambridge.
Bertrand was led by Emma Brown with three kills.
In the second match of the evening, the Trojans and the Cardinals took the floor and it was Cambridge who won, two sets to none, but both sets were competitive with the scores being 25-21 and 26-24. In that first set, it appeared the Trojans were going to run away with it as they led 9-2. But Alma dug in and starting clawing their way back into it. Late in the set, the Cardinals were able to win some long rallies and cut the deficit down to 23-20. But the Trojans were able to close it out with a couple of timely blocks.
In the second set, it was a back and forth affair as the lead changed a number of times. Alma had a 16-15 lead, then the Trojans took the lead back at 18-17. It looked like they may be able to distance themselves, but again the Cardinals hung around. With the score reading 25-24 in favor of Cambridge, Erin Johnson toed the service line, and converted an ace serve to win the match.
Unofficially Johnson led the way for Cambridge with eight kills and one ace. Alma was led by Linden Biskup and her seven kills.
In the final match of the night, Bertrand and Alma battled. The Cardinals won two sets to none, 25-21 and 25-16. In set one, Bertrand played really strong volleyball as they went up 8-6. The Vikings kept up that strong play and led 17-13 as Alma had to take a timeout. After the timeout, it was apparent the Cardinals refocused and got back on track. They went on an 8-1 run and took a 21-18 lead before a timeout from Bertrand. Following the break, Alma was able to close things out with some nice serving and solid defense.
In the second set, Bertrand again came out strong and led 4-3, but Alma then took over with a 7-6 lead, and never let it go. The Vikings would hang around for a few more rallies, but Alma created some space with an 18-12 lead and were able to take home the win.
For the Cardinals, unofficially, Linden Biskup had five aces in the match. Bertrand was led by Emma Brown as she recorded eight kills and two aces. Addison Andersen had two aces for Bertrand too.