Fighting the Monarchs, Tigers

Still strong in serving, the Cardinals had trouble defending again this week. Facing both Woodlake and Exeter, the Cardinals added two more losses to their league record losing in three games in both matches.

On Thursday, Oct. 28, the Cardinals hosted the near-perfect Monarchs (11-1) through three destructive matches. The Card's played short with only seven players and the adjustment left Lindsay losing 25-6, 25-6 and 14-25.

While the Monarchs rushed through the first two games, the Cardinals looked to mount a comeback in the final game and closed the gap to within three points before the Monarchs took off again to win the third and final game.

"The girls toughed it out together and adjusted well to playing positions that they hadn’t played before," said coach Brandi Tienken.

The match against the Woodlake Tigers was a closer battle.

"Woodlake has a good team and has continued to have a stronger program each year. They work hard individually and as a team," said Tienken.

In the 27-29 loss in the first game, the Cardinals looked to take an early lead but watched the game slip through their fingers.

"We seemed to lose the ability to move more on the court and made too many little mistakes," said Tienken.

The Cardinals lost the second and third game with a wider spread, 11-25 and 20-25. Lachelle Bales hammered the Tigers with near perfect serving going 14/15 with a single ace.

Valerie Chairez held together the team's offense, setting with 11 assists.

Aggressive play from Yesenia De La Cruz tacked on 11 kills for the Cardinals.

Nickie Salinas also did her part hitting 17 of 18 and putting away four kills for the night.

The lady Cardinals end their regular season play this week when they travel to Immanuel on Thursday, Nov. 4.

Immanuel is the league's leader in volleyball and have only recorded one loss this season. The season closer will be a tough match up for the 1-11 Cardinals.

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