Volleyball suffers first losses of the season

The Cardinal volleyball team headed to Indianapolis for the UIndy Invite at the University of Indianapolis last week.

The team played four games during the tournament, winning the first two before suffering its first loss of the season to the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds in three straight matches.

In their final game against the University of St. Leo, the Lady Cards were again unable to come away with a victory. The Cardinals finished the tournament with a record of 2-2, acquiring their only losses of the season.

In the opening matchup versus Minnesota State Moorhead, the Cardinals dropped a close first set, but quickly took back control,
winning the subsequent three sets. Senior Hannah Tabit helped the Cardinals take home the win with a game-leading 46 assists. Sophomore Maria Vukaj was awarded “Player of the Match” for recording 13 kills and a team leading 26 digs. Vukaj did not play in either game Saturday for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals next made quick work of Illinois-Springfield, sweeping them in three sets to finish Friday 2-0. Hannah Tabit again led the squad in assists, while her sister, Sarah Tabit, took home “Player of the Match” honors for her 12 kills and 3 blocks. Like the first game, junior Emily Friesl again led the team with 5 blocks.

Sarah Tabit was impressed with the team’s comradery.

“We’ve come together and have been playing as a team these past two weekends,” Sarah Tabit said. “We’ve been focusing on a lot of the little parts of the game, which really makes the bigger parts flow well as a team.”

After winning their first seven games of the season, the Cardinals finally faced a team strong enough to beat them in three sets. The University of Indianapolis won straight sets 25-23, 25-13, and 25-21.

In the final showing of the tournament, the Cardinals kept it close by scoring at least 20 points in all four sets but ultimately falling to University of St. Leo. Seemingly on the verge of a comeback, the Cardinals won the second set, before running out of steam in a close third set, 26-24.

Next up for the Cardinal volleyball team is the home opener against Northwood on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Gym.

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