Lady Cavs beat Cyclones, 3-1

By Matt Campbell
September 30, 2004

Ryan Norris

Cabrini’s volleyball team has extended its record to 9-6 with back to back wins against Centenary and Misericordia College. The Lady Cavs played the Centenary Cyclones at the Dixon Center last Monday, Sept. 25.

Arriving 30 minutes late the match that was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. didn’t get underway until after 7:30 p.m. Centenary traveled from New Jersey apparently without directions, forcing Jeff Farladeau to guide the driver over the phone.

That did little to deter the Lady Cavs en route to its 3-1 victory. Head coach Trish Arnold lead the team through warm-ups while a unique mix of the team’s music played over the speakers.

Prior to the match each team allows the opponent the entire court to practice volleys and cross court spikes.

The game began with Cabrini taking a 22-12 lead after an ace by Tiffany Glass. The Lady Cavs huddled at middle court and did a team cheer. The Cyclones brought the score to 23-16 with an ace of their own. Seeing the lead slip to only four points, Arnold took the first timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Centenary continued to rally, bringing themselves within one point of the Lady Cavs. Cabrini took the service back and ended the 1-10 scoring drought. Centenary came back from a game point for the Cavaliers to take a 26-25 lead. The score went to 29-28 with the Lady Cavs in front. Tension mounted and excitement filled the stands as Centenary returned everything Cabrini threw at them, and ended another game point. Cabrini came together and took the next two points to win the first game.

The Dixon Center gym grew louder as each team began to communicate each point being crucial. Losing 11-6 in the second game, Arnold took a timeout after a Cyclone dropped a shot in due to some miscommunication. ” I want to hear you guys talk. Let’s go,” Arnold said. The second game belonged to Centenary as they led nearly the entire way and clinched the win, 30-20.

After teams switched sides to start the third game, Cabrini’s Kelli Anderson scored the first point with an ace.

The Lady Cavs took an early 8-1 lead and saw its largest lead at 23 to 8. Centenary answered briefly with an 8-2 run of its own. Needing only three points to win the game, the Cyclones cut the deficit to nine points. Cabrini had game point four times before it scored the games final tally and won the third game 30-23.

Cabrini had two games to one lead going into the fourth and potentially last game of the match. Neither team saw a lead over two points until Centenary rallied to put the score at 14 to 9. The Lady Cavs answered to tie the score at 18-18 and continued its run until match point with the score 29-23. Freshman Samantha Hartling scored the match point with a decisive kill.

Posted to the web by Ryan Norris

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