The Cardinal Volleyball team played two games this weekend against Purdue Northwest and Parkside, winning them both. The wins lengthen the team’s winning streak to six games.
On Friday, The Cardinals faced Purdue Northwest for the first time this season. Winning in three straight sets, The Cardinals were able to make quick work of the Purdue Northwest Pride.
Going into the game, Purdue Northwest was still without a GLIAC win this year and carried an 0-8 conference record.
In the first set, The Cards allowed the Pride to keep the score close, as they stayed tied at 16-16.
From there, The Cardinals were able to regain focus and score seven of the next eight points.
This focus was matched in the second and third sets as The Cardinals were able to win both, completing the sweep.
Junior Emily Friesl played a key part in the sweep, as she was awarded “Player of the Match” honors.
Friesl finished the game second in kills with 14 behind teammate Sarah Tabit who had 15.
The weekend’s success continued for The Cards as they hosted the Parkside University Rangers for Breast Cancer Awareness night.
The Cardinals, with pink shoelaces and ribbons, started the match strong, taking the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-19.
Exhaustion began to show during the third set, as The Cardinals made a few errors before falling to the Rangers, 17-25.
Making a quick turnaround, The Cardinals won the fourth set, 25-20, completing the weekend sweep.
Tabit and Friesl again led the team in kills with a combined 28.
Senior Olivia Dean and sophomore Maria Vukaj led the team with 3 Service Aces.
Dean spoke on the importance of playing hard against teams with worse records this weekend.
“We came into this weekend knowing we were playing some weaker teams, but we couldn’t sit back,” Dean said. “We still needed to play hard and not play down to the other team’s level. We did just that and came out with a pair of wins.”
Next up for The Cardinals is the Crossover tournament next weekend.
The tournament will match up teams from the GLIAC and GLVC conferences together.
Dean knows the importance of the tournament, as it may have an impact on The Cardinals chances to make the NCAA tournament.
“We will be playing some tough teams, so if we can get some wins, we’ll have a good chance of making the NCAA tournament,” Dean said.