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VOLLEYBALL: Cardinals split matches on opening day of the NWAC Championship


The Cardinals volleyball team started the morning off on Thursday with the Linn Benton Community College, Road Runners who are ranked number 1 in the NWAC South. The Cardinals and Road Runners battled back and forth, set for set with each team winning 2 sets after 4 had been played. The Cardinals started the fifth set slow with a 5-1 score right off the get-go. With a service ace and a kill from Hailee Etter the Cardinals slowly started catching up and then passing the Road Runners up. NIC ended up missing game point serve to allow Linn Benton to finish it off 13-15. Hailee Etter led the Cardinals with 15 kills, followed by Kayla Neumann with 12. Kynzey Mitzel had a record day with 39 digs. “It was a tough loss. Obviously, every point at this tournament is crucial and the girls weren’t successful when it came down to crunch time. I’m very happy with how we battled and never gave up. Now we have a long road  ahead of us if we want to be in the Championship on Sunday, but we can do it,” commented Head Volleyball Coach, Kelsey Stanley.

Final Scores


NIC dropped into the losers bracket, but still have a chance to fight back in the double elimination tournament. The Cardinals started the loser bracket Thursday night against Bellevue Community College. NIC was ready to play and didn’t show signs of slowing down. The Cardinals won in 2 and advanced to a Friday night game against the loser between Walla Walla and Edmonds. Kayla Neumann and Sydney Bybee both led the Cardinals with 8 kills each and Kynzey Mitzel with 12 digs. Stanley added, “I was happy to see the girls bounce back after that tough loss against Linn Benton Community College. They were focused and determined to see another day of volleyball tomorrow.”The set scores were 25-22 and 25-21.

The Cardinals play Friday at 4:30pm. Game will be broadcasted online.

More Information

Head Volleyball Coach, Kelsey Stanley
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