Friday night saw Cambridge just edge out a scrappy Joseph volleyball team over four close games, with Joseph bowing 26-24, 25-20, 25-20 to Cambridge and taking one game at 25-20.
The preseason match went two hours against a strong Cambridge team. Despite the loss, coach Kendall Hayes was pleased with the chance to give her team the experience, and said she was very happy with the progress and play of the team.
"The team started off a little slow, then picked up and played some excellent defense - our block coverage was great, and we had 69 digs as a team, as well as 92 attack attempts with a 35 percent kill percentage. Emily Williams had a great game at the net, and started to shut down their very strong middle with a couple of stuff blocks," Hayes reported. Joseph's service was solid, with 98 serves going over with 92 percent success.
Julie Butterfield continued to be the queen of kills with 11 on the day, backed up by Brooke Moncrief with eight and Emily Williams with four. Both Butterfield and Williams had six blocks, and Denae Micka and Kerri Gleasman combined for 30 assists.
Saturday at the Mac Hi tournament, Joseph went 2-1, having suffered a first match loss to Sherman County. Hayes laid blame for the loss on her team starting a little slow offensively.
"They had some good hitters, but we just weren't hitting at them much. I would have liked to see the outcome if we would have played them later in the day, when our offense started to click," she said.
The offense stepped it up later in the day and served much more aggressively during the next two matches, with 25 service aces against Stanfield and Pilot Rock.
Butterfield led JHS in kills with 17, Holly Parker put away seven, Williams eight and Cassy Parker five. Micka showed great defense, with 26 digs; Butterfield, Gleasman and Moncrief made 17 each, Holly Parker 15, Beth McClaran 12, Cassy Parker eight, and Darcy Witherrite a pair. Butterfield led Eagle blockers with 11 blocks, Williams had six and Holly Parker three. Gleasman and Micka combined for 33 assists.
Scores: Sherman County def. Joseph 25-12, 25-9. Joseph def. Stanfield 25-21, 17-15. Joseph def. Pilot Rock 25-19, 25-21.