Cardinal loses multiple leads in loss
Cardinal consistently got off to great starts Tuesday against West Burlington.
The Comets could not, however, finish off those starts. A 10-1 first set lead over the Falcons wound up being a 25-23 loss. Katey Liles made a diving play to get the ball over the net with the score at 13-7 that kept momentum in Cardinal’s favor. They couldn’t keep it forever.
After winning the second set and barely losing the third, the Comets (7-9) let another lead slip away and lost 23-25, 25-14, 21-25, 22-25.
“That’s the story of our season,” coach Jerald Harter said. “When things get tough, we don’t seem to know how to win.”
West Burlington was extremely loud the entire game. The underclassmen who were watching the varsity game cheered and screamed at a deafening level. This may have contributed to Cardinal’s shaky play towards the end of each set.
“You could see it at the end there,” Harter said. “In the first game we were up and we just froze. We’re afraid to make a mistake, and in the end that beats us.”
Leea Ostrander led the team in kills with 10. Liles and Cassidy McMartin each had four aces. In the fourth set, Cardinal challenged West Burlington’s hitters and blocked many Falcon attempts. Dakota Durflinger and Shelby Smith each tallied blocks.
Cardinal’s next game is Thursday against Van Buren, and Harter expects his team to pull out a victory.
“We’re 7-9 now, but we’re way better than 7-9,” Harter said.
Pekin lost at home Tuesday to Mediapolis in three sets by the score of 25-3, 25-18 and 25-16.
Van Buren won at home Tuesday against Danville 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 18-25, 17-15.