Volleyball: After losing opening set, Lindsay comes back, defeats Farmersville 3-1

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By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

LINDSAY – It was a rocky start for the Cardinals against the Aztecs as they continued to shake off their early season rust, sometimes looking confused on the court. Making matters worse, one of the Cardinals had to make a last second adjustment to their starting rotation due to starter Mariana Lopez’s being late and recovering from an illness.

But once Lindsay felt comfortable with the changes it was Farmersville who often looked confused as Lindsay went on to win 3-1 (22-25, 25-7, 25-14, 25-11).

“We came out shaky but made the adjustments and got the win,” said Lindsay head coach Amanda Robles.

All evening long, the Cardinals did one thing right, and that was spike the ball. In all, Lindsay had 40 points come off kills.

Leading the Cardinals was Sara Drake with 12 kills on the night. During the first set, it was Drake who kept Lindsay’s slim 15-13 lead alive with two kills in the span of three points.

The one area where Drake excelled but did not get any credit for, statistically, was her serves. Drake only got one serving ace on the evening, but the spin on the ball made it difficult for the Aztecs to receive her serves.

“That matters when you’re trying to get those extra points,” said Coach Robles.

A new face to the Cardinal team this year is Berenise Rangel who began to make strides in this contest. Listed at six feet tall, this sophomore middle finished third on the team in kills with nine. The second set was where Rangel made her presence known; when she spiked down five of her kills in a nine-point span.

“[Rangel] is amazing,” said Coach Robles. “She has made a huge improvement on her hitting in the last few games.”

Coach Robles went on to say that Rangel has become a dominant hitter. In the fourth set, the game-winning kill came off her hand.

The first set was the only time that the Aztecs were able to take advantage of the Cardinals’ rusty play. Down 22-18 at one point, Farmersville strung together seven straight points for the win.

“We were a little behind in that first set but pulled through,” said Farmersville head coach Steve Ford. “Unfortunately, we fell a couple sets short.”

Next, the Aztecs will host another East Sequoia League opponent, the Corcoran Panthers, tonight at 6 p.m. The Panthers are coming off a 3-0 loss to Hanford.

The Lindsay Cardinals hosted the Porterville Panthers last night at home. The final result was reached after press time. The Cardinals will travel to play the Immanuel Eagles on Sept. 14. The Eagles are riding a three-game winning streak with their latest win coming against the Woodlake Tigers.

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