Cardinals adapt after slow start to take down Mules


The Winlock volleyball team made the trip to Cathlamet on Thursday, and they returned with a victory after taking down Wahkiakum in four sets, 25-27, 25-16, 26-24, 25-13.

The Cardinals quickly bounced back from a tough first set, one where they made several serving errors.

The Mules responded in the third set, making several scrappy plays to stay in it.

“We just decided we needed to pick it up,” Winlock coach Terri Dalsted said.

And the Cardinals did, finishing off the third set before handling the Mules in the fourth to seal the win.

The Winlock offense struggled to find a rhythm on Thursday, as a result of both unforced serving errors and a heavy dose of double hits called by the officials.

Instead of setting the ball to pass, the Cardinals opted to bump it to avoid those calls late in the game.

“We couldn’t get any momentum going,” Dalsted said. “The girls did great at making that adjustment.”

Charlee Connelly was all over the court defensively, collecting 53 digs while also going 20 for 21 from the service line. Kindly Kelly had 23 digs of her own and also added 14 kills, and Kyleigh Creach had 25 assists. Madison Rohman and Kendall Guenther combined for 14 kills.

The Cardinals will head to unbeaten Adna on Monday, but they will then host Kalama on Wednesday in a game that could determine who gets the final spot at the district tournament that begins on Oct. 28.