Cardinals volley back
Team regains winning formula in sweep at Central Heights quadrangular
A week after turning in one of their most disappointing performances in recent memory, the Eudora Cardinals volleyball squad rebounded with a decisive three-win performance at Central Heights High School against league foes Osawatomie, (25-16, 25-21) Prairie View (25-7, 22-25, 25-14) and the host Vikings.
Eudora (9-3) closed out the evening with a match-up against Central Heights and came away with a 25-9, 25-12 victory that was a fitting end to a successful night.
"We were more dominant at the nets," coach Jill Stutler said. "And we got back to communicating and filling our holes a lot better."
In game one against the Vikings, the Cardinals traded points with the host team, resulting in a brief 4-4 tie. But a floor-splitting kill by junior Erin Kracl put the Cardinals up 6-4 and the team never looked back. Kracl finished the match with seven kills against the Vikings.
From that point, the Cardinals went on an 18-5 run on their way to the game-one win.
Game two had an identical beginning as the team's traded points for a 2-2 tie. But a great fifth-point volley, which lasted nearly three minutes, seemed to be the Vikings last gasp.
Sophomore Nikki Snider ended the impressive volley with a kill that helped the Cardinals build an 11-point lead on their way to the game-two win.
In their opening match-up against Prairie View, the Cardinals came out of the gates on fire.
The Buffalos never saw it coming as the Cardinals raced out to a 10-point lead behind the fierce net presence of Kracl and senior Kelsey Epperson, resulting in a commanding 25-7 victory in game one.
That win was tempered briefly by the game two result.
Buffalos fought hard in game two and held the Cardinals within arm's length before coming out on top 25-22.
The game came down to the wire and the Buffalos took a page from the Cardinals play- book with a strong presence at the net to take the second game. But the Buffalos' hopes were short-lived as the Cardinals quickly regrouped for a decisive performance in game three.
The tandem of Kracl and Epperson at the nets along with Snider and senior Carrie Lister helped get the Cardinals a 25-14 victory.
Eudora overwhelmed the Osawatomie Trojans in game one of the middle match of the night, 25-16, and then held on to score the second of their three victories in game two 25-21.
As pleased as the coach was at the unbeaten evening on the court, she knows this is just a step toward the team's ultimate goal.
"I don't think we're back to where we were," Stutler said. "But it does give us some confidence knowing that we can bounce back from some losses. But the real test comes this Saturday in Tonganoxie. We're going to see a whole new level of talent, and we better step up."
The Cardinals will compete Saturday in the Tonganoxie Invitational tournament.