Spikers win three matches

Andrew Frew
Danyelle English, a junior on the Cambridge varsity volleyball team, goes up for a kill during the Cambridge-ROWVA volleyball game Monday, Sept. 22. English had 26 kills during last week’s action.

    This was one long week for the Cambridge Lady Vikings. They played two games during the week, and then played a tournament on Saturday, Sept. 20. Out of the five games, the ladies won three.

AlWood vs. Cambridge

    On Monday, Sept. 15, the ladies traveled to Woodhull where they played the AlWood Aces.

    This game was a loss in the end, but a powerful step for the future according to Coach Chad Hamerlinck. Both Alwood and Cambridge were undefeated teams that played a very hard game.

    “There were several good things that happened in that game, like serving and defense,” stated Hamerlinck. “Both of these qualities made it a very close game for AlWood.”

    The Lady Vikings did force a third game, that came really close, and proved that Cambridge volleyball is still at the top of it’s game.

    Erica Nimrick led the squad in points and assists, 12 and 15, respectively. Danyelle English, a former AlWood player, led the squad in kills, 12. Nichole Wilson had a great night in the back row digging up 18 digs. Jasmine Beam was tops in ace serves and blocks, three and two, respectively.

September 15 @ AlWood

CHS    21    28      23

AHS    25    26      25

CHS Leaders Points: Erica Nimrick-12; Ace Serves: Jasmine Beam-3, English-2; Kills:  English-12, Beam-6, Amanda Kruger-6; Blocks: Beam-2, Wilson-2; Assists: Nimrick-15; Digs:  Wilson-18, Ashley Kruger-18.

Cambridge vs. ROWVA 

    When the ladies went to ROWV?A on Tuesday, Sept. 16, they found themselves with another win. ROWVA  didn’t put up much of a fight the first game and even though they were closer in the second the ladies still defeated them.

    ROWVA’s game was very similar to the Galva game of last week. The lady Vikings found their pace and kept it. This game was a good warm up for the Saturday tournament.

    Amanda Kruger led the squad in points, ace serves,  kills and digs contributing nine, two, seven and 11.

September 16 @ Oneida

CHS    25    26

RHS    12    24

CHS Leaders Points: Amanda Kruger-9; Ace Serves: Amanda Kruger-2, Ashley Kruger-2; Kills: Amanda Kruger-7, Beam-6,  English-6; Blocks: English-1; Assists: Amanda Kruger-2, Ashley Kruger-2; Digs: Amanda Kruger-11, Wilson-11.

Judy Richmond Tournament

Cambridge vs. AlWood

    On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Lady Vikings played in the Judy Richmond Volleyball Tournament. They played AlWood, Sherrard and Westmer in pool play.

    This tournament was exciting for the ladies, to have the chance to redeem their loss against AlWood and that is how the tournament started.

    "I think the win against AlWood gave us the motivation for playing the way we did," said Hamerlink on the fist game of the tournament. “Amanda Kruger really took charge of the team leading them with 11 points. The ladies fought hard for this win. Unlike their first game with AlWood only two games were played, but this time the lady Vikings had the upper hand.”

    When the match ended the Lady Vikings were confident, and ready to take on any challenge.

    Erica Nimrick was another leader for the night, leading in blocks, assists and digs.

CHS    25    25          

AHS    12    20          

CHS Leaders Points: Amanda Kruger-11;  Ace Serves: Beam-2, English-2,  Wilson-2, Ashley Kruger-2; Kills:  English-5; Blocks:  Nimrick-2; Assists: Nimrick-6; Digs:  Nimrick-7, Wilson-5.

Cambridge vs. Sherrard

    The next team on the Lady Vikes list was Sherrard. This game was not quite as easy as the game against Alwood had been. Sherrard came into the game very strong and the ladies were defeated. 

    Beam led the squad in points, contributing six during the two game match. Amanda Kruger had five kills, while English and Wilson had one block each. Nimrick had six assists for the match and Wilson led in digs.

CHS    19    13         

SHS    25    25

CHS Leaders Points:  Beam-6; Ace Serves: Ashley Kruger-2, Wilson-1; Kills: Amanda Kruger-5, English-3; Blocks: English-1, Wilson-1; Assists: Nimrick-6; Digs: Wilson-6, Ashley Kruger-4.

Cambridge vs. Westmer

    The Westmer game was a great turn-around for the ladies. It was a win they needed in order to complete this tournament. Westmer could not force a third game, which shows how great the ladies did in this game.

    Wilson led the team with six points.

    “This was a valiant team effort on the girl’s part, and a win well deserved,” said Hamerlinck. “The teams serving struggled  a bit in the game, but was recover by other aspects of the teams talents. CHS finished the pool play 3-1, which was a tie for first place.”

    Nimrick led the squad in points, ace serves and assists. Beam had four kills and a block for the Lady Vikes. Wilson led the squad in digs.

CHS    25             25          

WHS    12              14          

CHS Leaders Points:  Nimrick-7, Wilson-6;  Ace Serves: Nimrick-4 Kills: Beam-4, Ashley Kruger-4; Blocks: Beam-1, Wilson-1, Ashley Kruger-1, Amanda Kruger-1; Assists:  Nimrick-8; Digs: Wilson-5, Ashley Kruger-5.

    On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Lady Vikings will travel to Orion for an 11 a.m. game. On Monday, Sept. 29, Cambridge will host Annawan for another LTC showdown. The Lady Vikes now sit with a record of 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the Lincoln Trail Conference.