BELOIT, OH- The Cardinal Mooney Volleyball team’s season came to an end on Thursday night with a 4 set loss to Streetsboro in the West Branch sectional final (25-16 13-25 16-25 21-25)
In the first set, the Cardinals came out aggressive and efficient. Katie Hough showed right away that she’d be a force to be reckoned with rallying 5 kills in the set. Mooney only committed 2 attack errors in the set and hit .313 in the set.
The second and third sets were a completely different story as Mooney could not get any consistent offensive flow. They hit in the negative for both sets which is a big reason why they fell in those sets 13-25 and 16-25. Hough stayed strong however tallying 7 more kills in those two sets, even after briefly exiting the match with a bloody nose and switching jerseys.
In set 4 Mooney tried to get some rhythm back in their offense by letting Marissa Landers set and putting usual setter Sydney Reider in a defensive specialist position. And it worked. Mooney got their attack percentage back into the positives. They also were able to get middle blocker Megan Petty back involved who didn’t collect a kill in sets 2 or 3. She had a stretch of 3 consecutive kills and a block to put Mooney up 13-10. But Streetsboro at this point had too much momentum and was just clicking on offense. They played clean and collected through Mooney’s improved play and took set 4 21-25.
Katie Hough recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs. Sydney Reider closed out her career with a double-double with 20 assists and 11 digs. Marissa Landers also recorded a double-double with 11 assists and 10 digs. Megan Petty had 10 kills 5 blocks and 4 digs. Caitlyn Sapp had 10 digs.