By Andrea Camarena

Lindsay entered last week with a 0-3 record and looked to end its losing streak when the volleyball team traveled to Strathmore on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The Cardinals battled and realized their first win of the season in four games. The night started with a close fight to 25. The Cardinals and Spartans battled back and forth and Lindsay finished the first game on top 25-20 when Kadi Jones delivered a fierce spike to win the game point.

Game two was even closer as Strathmore rallied in attempts to even the match. Strathmore's Krystal Austin started the game with a serving ace. But on Lindsay's first serve; sophomore Stevi Ibarra slammed her own ace over the net to boost Lindsay's confidence again.

Strathmore went on to deliver another ace courtesy of Olivia Arellano but couldn't hang on as Lindsay pulled away behind the exquisite serving of sophomore Cassie Manning. She put away three aces before Strathmore could force the sideout. Manning finished the night with six total aces.

Lindsay's Irene Gutierrez contributed a block then the final kill for a Cardinals 25-21 win.

Strathmore tasted a bit of victory at last in game three. The Spartans heated up and started spiking the ball late in the game. Strathmore took the match into a fourth game when the third ended with a poor serve from Lindsay for the Spartan win, 25-18.

Lindsay took the final game of the night, 25-21 to win the match 3-1.

Strathmore's Arellano fought to keep the Spartans in the game with smart placement and key serving points. But it wasn't enough to slow down the Cardinals who finished with a team effort.

&#8220They're coming together,” Lindsay coach Vilay Thao said. &#8220They're a young group and they're finally coming together.”

Lindsay's lead barrel, Jeanette Leal, finished the night with 26 digs.

&#8220We've been working on special plays,” Thao said. &#8220I've been telling the girls where to hit. Out team is becoming more successful because of our setter Nicole Bolanos. She's learning the rules. We've got her reading the rulebook. It's a tough job for her but she's key to our success.”

Bolanos finished the night with 15 assists. Top play against Strathmore also came from first year sophomore Stevi Ibarra who recorded five kills.

&#8220She's well-rounded. She has everything. She has offense, she has defense, she has serves,” Thao said.

Irene Gutierrez had one stuffed block.

&#8220Our team is improving and we look forward to playing Strathmore again,” Thao said.

The Cardinals closed out the week with a loss on Thursday, Sept. 14 when the girls traveled to Orange Cove. Lindsay was edged out in a heartbreaking 2-3 match.

&#8220Overall we played very well tonight. It was our game to win but there were some extenuating circumstances that didn't go our way,” Thao said.

Lindsay defeated the Titans in the first game 25-21. But Orange Cove came back to win two in a row 25-22 and 25-20. Lindsay stayed in the match with a 25-20 win only to fall 15-5 in the tiebreaker.

On offense, Ibarra had five aces and three stuffed blocks. Leal had 34 digs. Bolanos put up 23 assists and Gutierrez had a &#8220wonderful night” with 10 kills.

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