The Ottumwa Courier


September 13, 2013

Comets serve up win over MSAE


Durflinger added a 10-point run of serves to go along with her two early kills for a 21-3 Comet lead.

“We work a lot on serves, not just getting them in but causing some movement for the defense,” said Cardinal coach Jerald Harter. “(Thursday) we served really well.”

Amy Hart (two), Shelby Smith (one), and Cassidy McMartin (two) added kills in the dominant game-two win.

“We’re just very young and inexperienced. We’ve had to start at ground level to teach the game to some of our girls,” commented the MSAE coaching staff, headed up by Danielle Wallace. “We try and change our goals to fit our team, and sometimes we do that mid-match.”

The pattern of the match had already been determined and the final game played out to form. The Comets used six aces to dominate the serving. The Pioneers only had eight serve attempts in game three as a team. Durflinger had two kills as the Comets built an 11-3 lead.

“I try and have an attacking approach to the game regardless of the size of our opponents,” said Durflinger. “(Thursday) I tried to work on hitting outside the block.”

The Comet size and serving continued to be the dominant factors in the match as Cardinal finished out the sweep with the 25-8 game three win.

Ashley Hart helped to push the game to its end with a four point service run to make the score 23-7. Her run included three aces.

“Regardless of the game scores, we saw some improvement in a couple of areas,” said Harter. “Our setters did a good job of getting the ball to our hitters and they were all swinging to score.”

If the Comets want to move up to the top half, or third, of the SEISC south, the upcoming match could be pivotal. Cardinal (2-1, 1-1) will host New London Tuesday. MSAE (0-12, 0-4) is at Burlington-Notre Dame on Saturday.

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