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Cardinals gain experience in Salt Lake City


The Cardinals volleyball team traveled to Salt Lake this weekend to take on the top teams in the NJCAA. NIC started Friday morning with their old rivals, Salt Lake Community College. The girls started out strong, being aggressive, but unfortunately came up short in each game. In the last set, the Cardinals pushed the Bruins to a 23-25 score but walked away with a 0-3 deficit. “I was happy with how the girls played against Salt Lake, commented Head Coach Kelsey Stanley. They knew the competition was going to be tough going into the match and they played aggressive for each point. Our tempo from this weekend compared to last weekend was much quicker and under control. Brooke Bell and Brittany Gay showed lots of court experience and determination which carried over to the freshman.”

The final match that afternoon the Cardinals met up with another former conference rival, Snow College.  Snow showed they have improved not only their offense but their defense in the last year. “The Badgers got more digs than us in the match. We were able to get a set from them but we were unable to put down many balls. The girls were back on their heels and not ready for the fast return.” The Cardinals lost 1-3.

The next day the Cardinals met up with Casper College who recently were ranked number 20 in the Nation. NIC started out slow but were able to finish with a 3-1 win. Stanley said, “I was happy with how we played the last three games as a team. We did a better job of stopping Casper’s runs, which made the difference between the first game and the last three games. It was exciting to see us finally coming together as a team and also see some rhythm between one another.”

The last match was against the number 4 ranked team in the Nation, MSU-West Plains. “They were an excellent team. Very consistent and made very few errors. The girls played them smart and we were able to compete against them each game. In the last game I was really hoping to get a W, but MSU's experience on the court and their work ethic beat us 23-25,” commented Stanley.

Stanley continued, “Overall, it was a tough weekend for the Cardinals. I was happy to be able to play the best teams in the nation. Not only did it make us compete at a higher level but it also made us think at a quicker pace. I look forward playing the NWAC teams and hope we can bring the quick tempo and team work together.” 

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Head Volleyball Coach, Kelsey Stanley
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