CAMBRIDGE — Progress is being made for the Cambridge Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays were swept by the Marshall Cardinals earlier in the season, but they closed the gap losing, 25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 25-11, 16-14, in a Capitol South girls volleyball match on Tuesday, October 3, at Cambridge High School.
Momentum swings defined the five-set contest against the Cardinals. Though the Cardinals handily won the first set 25-17, Cambridge came storming back to take the second and third sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-18.
On the ropes, Marshall rallied with a dominant fourth set; the Cardinals won 25-11 to force a final fifth set.
Once in the fifth, neither team was able to pull away. In the end, Marshall edged out Cambridge by the narrowest of margins: 16-14.
Gracie Korth led the Blue Jays in kills and digs with 14 and 18, respectively, and also tied a team-high with one block.
Amelia Geiss collected a team-best 19 assists, while Taylor Stenklyft had 13 and also added seven kills.
Ashlynn Jarlesberg recorded 23 digs in the defeat.
Kiana Hellenbrand led Marshall in kills with 20, followed by Trinity Flint with 11. Aubrie Kappes was tops in digs with 17, while Hellenbrand and Skyla Michalak each recorded 16. Abby Ward was best on the team with a pair of blocks, and Michalak recorded 34 assists on the night. Flint led the team in aces with four.