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By Lee Hughes
Staff reporter 

Cardinal volleyball crew challenged at weekend jamboree


September 12, 2019

The Medical Lake volleyball squad headed to Davenport on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the Davenport Jamboree, where they notched but a single win in four matches. But that’s OK with head coach Todd Harr.

“Each of the girls played better as the day continued on,” Harr said in an email. “We will be looking to make adjustments headed into our next competition and make opponents work even hard to earn points.”

The Cardinals opened the tournament facing Lind Ritzville, losing in two sets 16-25, 21-25.

Then it was host Davenport, where Medical Lake went 2-1 in three sets 25-15, 24-26, 15-10.

The Cards put up a fight against Almira Coulee Hartline, but went 0-2, going 16-25 in the first set before being taken to task in the second 5-25.

Finally, they faced Mary Walker, again losing both sets 0-2, going 18-25 and 23-25.

The tournament gave Harr some food for thought.

“Overall, this weekend was a great way to find a starting point for where our team will begin their journey from,” he said. “We had a lot of great battles and learned a lot about our team.”

Harr was especially happy with the performance of three of his freshman. Middle hitter Amblessed Okemgbo scored the most blocks and kills, while setter while Rylie Spring and hitter Kelly Kipp “looked great and played all day competing at a high level,” he said.

Sophomore libero Grace Stimson “was our best defender,” according to Harr.

“She was solid in serve receive and led us in digs for the day,” he said.

The Cardinals varsity squad will host Lakeside in Northeast A League play today, Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a trip to the Freeman tournament on Saturday, before hosting Freeman in Medical Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

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