Cardinals Start Fast in Win Over Timberwolves

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WINLOCK — Not happy with its play in a loss to Onalaska on Monday, the Winlock volleyball team came back and started fast in a four-set win (25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 25-18) over Morton-White Pass Tuesday night. 

Playing without two of their best players, the Cardinals had to adjust to a new rotation, and it worked Tuesday. 

“We had to rework a few things to get a different energy in different spots tonight and it worked,” Cardinals coach Chastity Pennington. “Coming in, I was really hopeful, and the girls pulled it together. They worked out what they needed to work out.”

Addison Hall continued her dominance at the net, recording nine kills and serving up three aces, while Reagan Lester dished out assists left and right and finished with a couple aces as well. 

After a back and forth first set saw the Cardinals come out on top, they put another strong performance together in the second set, before falling behind big in the third. At one point trailing by 12 points, the Cardinals came back to make it a game but fell as MWP forced a fourth set. 

In the fourth, the Cardinals put all that noise behind them to take the deciding set soundly, 25-18. 

“They wanted to come back after yesterday,” Pennington said. “After yesterday we said, ‘we’re washing this, we don’t want to deal with it anymore.’ We had a pretty long conversation before today’s game where we huddled together and talked about what our goals were and what we’re doing and understanding that it's okay to make mistakes as long as we know what they are and that we fix them. We work to fix them.”

For the Timberwolves, it was an inconsistent night. Breejah Townsend had a good night at the net, scoring eight kills and making smart plays. McKenna Matthews was a perfect 16 for 16 behind the service line. 

“We struggled hitting tonight, we need to find a way to put the ball away,” Timberwolves coach Tammy Kelly said.

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