By Pilar Martin
SEDGWICK – At a pep rally on last Monday, volleyball player Bailey Zerger asked students to come to their home match on Thursday.
“It’s a really big game for us. We haven’t beat Goessel since I have played here. We want to beat them bad,” said the junior.
Well the students showed up to cheer on the Lady Cardinals, and the volleyball team did not disappoint.
In a nail-biting struggle, Sedgwick took control and finished the first set 25-12. They struggled for every point in the second game and came up short by two, losing to powerhouse Goessel 25-23.
Forced into a third game, the Lady Cardinals came out on top, 25-19, beating Goessel for the first time in years.
“Goessel had not been beat for two years,” Coach Karen Stuckey said. “They were 1A state champions last season and went undefeated; then, in 2014 they lost only one match and it was in the state championship finals.”
In the second round game, Sedgwick went on to beat Moundridge, 25-23 and 25-8. The victories were a great addition to the homecoming celebrations that week.
“The best part of Thursday night's win over Goessel was the confidence that we brought into the match and maintained throughout all three sets,” Stuckey said. “We have been working on some very specific skills, and to see us be able to put them into live action was very rewarding. Our programs are very similar and we have great girls who play high intensity volleyball. It was just a great match to watch.”
The Lady Cardinals now have a 13-3 record. Their next home match will be Tuesday, Sept. 27, when Berean Academy and Bennington come to town. Play starts at 4 p.m. with JV games.
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