Inconsistency hampers Cardinals on the volleyball court
ADEL — Going 3-3 at the ADM Invitational Thursday, Newton’s Cardinals showed the inconsistency of their play on the night.
The Cardinals, ranked 11th in Class 4A in the newest Iowa high school volleyball poll, claimed wins over Perry, West Central Valley and I-35 but lost to host ADM, Knoxville and Woodward Granger. They posted a 21-19, 18-21, 15-8 win over Perry. They won in straight sets, 21-12, 21-17 and 25-5, 23-21, against West Central Valley and I-35, respectively.
ADM got a bit of revenge against Newton Thursday. The Cardinals knocked off the Tigers at Newton’s tournament on Aug. 27. The Tigers dealt out a 21-6, 21-15 loss to the Cardinals. Woodward Granger beat Newton 6-21, 21-16, 15-9 and Knoxville defeated Newton 21-16, 21-11.
“We didn’t play with enough consistency to have a good showing at this tournament,” said Kim Florke, Newton head coach. “We played from behind a lot and that really hurt us. We will use this as a learning experience and get ready to open conference play on Tuesday.”
Newton (7-4) travel to Norwalk on Tuesday to open Little Hawkeye Conference action.
Kacy Cazett came up with 25 digs, playing libero for the Cardinals on Thursday. She also had two assisted blocks at the net. Michaela Bleeker powered down 36 kills on the six-match night. Bleeker also had 26 digs to lead the team, plus had one assisted block and two service aces.
Holly Vander Pol delivered 25 kills and one block assist at the net, and made 23 digs. She had four ace serves. Bailey Beaderstadt also served four aces. Beaderstadt made one solo block and had five assisted blocks, plus had 10 kills.
Sydney Bergman was credited with 34 assists and Megan Pressgrove had 26 assists. Amber Karsten had seven kills and came up with 15 digs. Kaytlin Ahn had two solo blocks, one assisted block and three kills. Karsten, Pressgrove and Ahn each had one service ace.