Alexandria volleyball: Cardinals sweep St. Cloud Tech
Alexandria improved to 7-1 in Central Lakes Conference play with a sweep of St. Cloud Tech Thursday night, setting up a battle with the undefeated Fergus Falls Otters tomorrow night, Thursday.
The Cardinals were at Rocori last night, Tuesday, and a win there would put them just one game back of the conference leaders heading into tomorrow’s contest.
Alexandria took a while to get going against the Tigers, winning the first game in a close 25-20 set before coming away with an easy 25-13 second set victory. Set three saw the Cardinals win by six, 25-19.
“The night was an excellent opportunity to get each player some well-deserved playing time,” said head coach Becky Schlicting.
Amanda Christianson was a big part of the win as she had 13 kills for the Cards. Adrianne Wensman and Emily Kuennen added five apiece and Jenni Wild had three.
“We also tried a few different things with our offense this evening, allowing each of our three setters to play two sets each,” said Schlichting. “It’s great to be able to recognize the depth of our bench and utilize it in game time situations.”
Senior setters Nicole Canavati and Allie Noetzelman led the way with 13 and 12 assists, respectively.
Alexandria’s defense was led once again by Shaneé Herd with 15 digs, Wild with 13 and Natalie Watkins with seven.
“Our back row play and defense continues to set our team and offense up for success,” said Schlichting.
ALEXANDRIA 3, ST. CLOUD TECH 0
SC TECH 20 13 19
ALEXANDRIA 25 25 25
HITTING (good-attempts-kills) – Nicole Canavati 1-1-0, Natalie Watkins 9-10-2, Tara LeBrasseur 5-7-2, Amanda Christianson 21-24-13, Jenni Wild 16-20-3, Andrianne Wensman 11-12-5, Allie Noetzelman 2-3-0, Amanda Haack 1-1-0, Dani Strater 6-8-1, Emily Kuennen 12-14-5, Liz Schultz 2-3-2, Shaneé Herd 5-6-0. SET ASSISTS – Canavati 13, Christianson 1, Noetzelman 11, Haack 7. SERVING (good-attempts-aces) - Canavati 6-6-0, Watkins 14-15-0, Wild 8-8-1, Wensman 11-11-3, Noetzelman 8-9-1, Haack 7-7-0, Schultz 2-2-0, Herd 16-16-1. DIGS – Canavati 1, Watkins 7, Christianson 2, Wild 15, Wensman 3, Noetzelman 5, Strater 2, Herd 13. ACE BLOCKS – Wensman 1, Christianson 1, LeBrasseur 1.
BLOCK OUT CANCER
Alexandria Cardinals vs. Fergus Falls Otters
Thursday, October 4
7 p.m. at Jefferson High School
This is the 4th annual BLOCKOUT Cancer battle between the Otters and the Cardinals.
All spectators are urged to wear pink.
Proceeds will go to cancer research.