Cardinal volleyball experiences ‘bad night’
The Frontier League opener turned out to be something that the Eudora High School volleyball team will use to motivate improvements.
"We were disappointed in our overall play," Eudora coach Jill Stutler said. "We didn't step up when we needed to. It was just a bad night, and we start over today."
The Cards (9-5) (0-2) played a different version of volleyball Tuesday night. The Frontier League is experimenting with "rally points" and games with scoring up to 21. Rally points mean either team could score on any play of the game. The games were also decided by a best of five series. Stutler said the change in scoring wasn't a factor in the Cardinals' poor performance.
"I like it the other way (regular scoring). You're talking about two different styles of play," Stutler said. "The scoring had nothing to do with our lack of performance. We didn't show up to compete."
The Cards dropped three sets to Paola 10-21, 10-21, 11-21 but took host, 5A Gardner-Edgerton, to four sets. The Blazers defeated Eudora 10-21, 9-21, 21-19, 12-21.
"We started to see a little bit more rhythm," Stutler said of the Cards' 21-19 third-set triumph. "For us to be more productive, we need to have more offense."
The Cards host two sets of Bulldogs, Anderson County and Baldwin, in the Frontier League home opener Tuesday.
Stutler said the team would work on defense and overall technique before they face those two teams. She said the Cardinals will be motivated to play archrival Baldwin, who narrowly beat Eudora in the first triangular of the season.
"I think we're ready to go home and play at the level we can compete at," Stutler said.
Junior Lauren Kracl led the team with 11 kills, including eight against Gardner-Edgerton.