The Cards just wrapped up another impressive 2-week stretch this morning, beating the Mariemont Warriors in straight sets. For the year, the team has a 8-1 record, marking its best start to a season in recent memory. “A major theme for our team this year is taking care of business. For the most part, we’ve been able to do that,” says coach Lindsey Dinkelacker.
After a 4-0 start to the season, the Cards took on neighborhood rival Ross on September 1, a solid team that has done well in the SWOC in recent years. The Cards came out of the gate strong with commanding leads in the first and second sets. “We were trying to assert ourselves early. Our serve receive and setting were on point. It was just up to me and the other hitters to capitalize with kills,” said junior OH Kiley McNally. The third set was all downhill, leading to another 3 set victory.
Another impressive win was notched against Edgewood on September 8. The Cougars came in undefeated and were a preseason favorite to become SWOC champion this year. Once again the Cards came out strong and cruised to a 3 set victory. Solid defense, setting and the familiar refrain from the PA announcer, “That was Abbey McNalley with the kill!” were themes from the game. “It was a statement game for us,” said sophomore setter Grace Gehner. “Last year, Edgewood pretty much destroyed us. It’s a new day.”
The Cards then defeated Middletown in straight sets on September 10 and wrapped up with a convincing win this morning (9/12) against Mariemont. It wasn’t the sharpest game as the team got off to a sluggish first set win. After some motivational words from Dink after that set, the team eventually responded and got into their rhythm the next 2 sets.
The only blemish on the record this year is a hard-fought loss to Sycamore on Senior Night (9/3). The game went to 4 sets with the Cards eventually losing 26-24 in the fourth set. The Cards were in full form in the 3rd and 4th sets with scrappy play and some power kills by the frontline. Despite the loss, it doesn’t overshadow the accomplishments of seniors Ana Lu Gehner and Taiah Pewett over their careers at CHS. While most senior nights signify the end, there is plenty of volleyball left to be played for these 2 leaders of the program.
A big GMC week is ahead with a home game versus Fairfield on 9/15 and a tough road game versus Oak Hills on 9/17. Check with a player on the team for available tickets. “We feed off energy from the crowd,” says junior OH Lachelle Dixon. “Get tickets and see us while you can.”
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