NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Cardinals volleyball team picked up their first victory of the season Monday evening as they defeated the Botkins Trojans in three games 25-11, 25-14 and 25-21 in a non-league match played at New Bremen.
“I thought they played well tonight, but we still have things to work on,” Cardinals head coach Theresa Jenkins said. “I thought we were able to roll with the punches pretty well tonight.”
New Bremen got the side out to begin the first game and Amber Paul started the Cardinals off with three straight serves, including an ace. After an exchange of serves, Tarynn Clune served a point before another exchange of serves.
Julie Brown took over and served four straight points, including an ace, to give New Bremen an 11-3 lead. With the score 14-4, Haley Moeller served three straight points with an ace causing the Trojans to call their second timeout.
Following the timeout, Botkins gained the serve and Jessica Dietz served three points for the Trojans to 16-8. Those three serves from Dietz were the only service points of the set for Botkins. In the match New Bremen held Botkins to only 12 service points.
“We have been working on our serve-receive,” Jenkins said. “That was one of our big downfalls last year. We concentrate on first serve and serve-receive and that has been our focus this year.”
New Bremen regained the serve and closed out the set with four straight serves, including three straight aces to win 25-11.
In the second set Botkins was able to stay with New Bremen trailing 12-8, but the Cardinals gained the serve and Paul served four straight with an ace and they closed out the second set with a 9-6 run for a 25-14 victory.
The third set was by far the closest of the match as neither team would give in. New Bremen grabbed a 10-8 lead, but Botkins tied the set with a pair of serves from Jill Schneider to tie the set at 10-all.
Both teams went back and forth serving the ball until Logan Pitts served three straight points to gain a 16-14 lead. That lead would stay until Lauren Hemmelgarn served three straight points to tie the game and put away the match with two serves the last being an ace to win 25-21.
Amber Paul and Julie Brown led the serving with eight service points each and the Cardinals had 33 kills led by Victoria Wente with 10 kills.
In the JV match New Bremen won 25-12 and 25-16.
New Bremen (1-1) will play their first MAC match on Thursday when they host Marion Local beginning at 5:30.