Cards sweep home triangular
The Eudora High School volleyball team probably would probably like to forget the two games in which the Frontier League decided to play with rally points.
"It keeps us focused more on scoring points," Eudora coach Jill Stutler said of the regular scoring rules. "It makes teams work for their points."
Games played with rally points consisted of the best of five series, a chance to score on any single play, and sets ending when one team scored 21 points instead of 15. The Cardinals lost to Gardner-Edgerton and Paola under those rules. Last week, Frontier League officials changed the rules back to 15-point games and best of three series.
"The way we performed last week wasn't us at all," said junior Lauren Kracl. "I think we want to get Paola and Gardner back for beating us."
The Cards played two teams of Bulldogs, Anderson County and rival Baldwin, Tuesday night.
Eudora (11-5) (2-2) defeated Anderson County (15-12) (15-10) before its rematch with Baldwin, who defeated the Cards in three sets Sept. 3.
The Cardinals fell behind 5-0 in the first set before Kracl and senior Nicole Born made key plays, tying the game at five. Eudora trailed 11-8 later in the set when senior Tina Lauber added a point for Eudora, 11-9. Kracl dominated the rest of the set as the Cards scored the next six points.
"We dig ourselves out of a hole, but we can't allow ourselves into a hole," Stutler said. "We battled, and we stepped up. It was an all-around effort. Durkin's becoming more solid for us, (sophomore) Brooke Bell's done some things for us and we have more consistent serving from Nicole (Born)."
In the second set,Eudora faced a 3-0 deficit before Kracl and sophomore Kayla Moyer lead the Cards out of the early slump. The two teams played to a 5-5 standstill for nearly two minutes before the Cardinals established a 10-7 lead. Kracl became unstoppable, and the Cardinals came away with a 15-7 victory.
"We lost to them in substate last year and we really wanted to beat them," Kracl said of Baldwin. "We all get along, and everybody knows their role. We all play for each other and not ourselves."
Eudora could face Baldwin or Anderson County in a rematch Saturday. Host Wellsville, a team the Cards defeated earlier this season, Central Heights and Osage City will also compete in the tournament.
Stutler hopes that Tuesday's momentum continues during Saturday's Wellsville Tournament, where the Cards will see familiar foes.
"I'm hoping it will carry us into the weekend," Stutler said. "I was pleased with the whole night and the way we rebounded from last week. We finally got the adjustments we need to."
The Cardinals return to Eudora Tuesday night for a quadrangular Frontier League match against Louisburg, Osawatomie and Prairie View.