ELDON – The Cardinal Comets took advantage of the inexperience of the Pioneers of Fairfield Maharishi by serving the ball strong and serving it in spots that made it hard to return. Cardinal swept MSAE 25-9, 25-4 and 25-8 in Southeast Iowa Superconference south division volleyball action Thursday night in Eldon.
The Comets piled up double figures in aces and only once in the match did a Comet server fail to score at least one point.
The Pioneers held their only lead of game one at 1-0. Dakota Durflinger’s kill at the net off an errant Pioneer pass gave the Comets a 2-1 lead. MSAE stayed within one at 4-3 after an ace by Flower Schreck. Four service points by Danae Moses, one an ace, put the Comets up 9-3. After Durflinger’s three-point service run, the Comet lead stretched to 13-4. During a five-point service run by Amy Hart, Leea Ostrander had three big hits for winners to put the Comets up 19-6.
“It’s taken all four years but I feel confident with my all-around game,” said Ostrander.
Ashley Hart served the Comets into a 23-8 lead and a Durflinger kill ended game one.
The Comets only missed three serves in game one, but would only miss two in the game-two win. Two big service runs by Ostrander and Durflinger highlighted the game.
Game two was the least competitive of the match as Ostrander put the inexperienced visitors in a 7-0 hole with the initial serves. She had two aces in the stretch. Durflinger had two early kills to go along with the Ostrander serves. Ostrander was hitting the ball hard and it just posed too many serve receive and passing problems for MSAE.
“I don’t always try and hit serves that hard,” said Ostrander. “Last game I missed one early, but (Thursday) when I hit a couple at the start, I felt comfortable.”