PARK HILLS — The Mineral Area Lady Cardinals had the privilege of playing on their home court for the two-day American Family Insurance Classic with six teams present, the Lady Cardinals won all four of their matches, bearing Oakton and Vincennes on Friday and McKendree J.V. and Kellogg on Saturday.
The four wins improve MAC’s record to 26-4 for the season.
In the Lady Cardinal’s final match of the series, they won out over the Kellogg College Lady Bruins in a four-game match. Mineral Area swept the first two game rather convincingly, 25-20, 25-14, but a determined Lady Bruins squad would not let go of game three, fighting back from a four-point deficit to tie the game, and eventually pull out a 24-26 win before being creamed 25-10 in game four.
Mineral Area reached match point in game three, but the Lady Bruins in a last ditch effort staved off two points to tie the match, forcing a two-point run-off which they won on a pair of MAC errors.
Mineral Area for the most part played like a well-oiled machine. Pass, set, kill was a constant pattern for the Lady Cardinals as they pounded the Lady Bruins into submission with kills off Kellogg’s blocks or a ball to the hardwood.
When needed, setter Marija Jovanovic caught the Lady Bruins setting up their blocking too early and with professional accuracy she planted tip after tip to the Lady Bruins floor for six of her match’s kills.
Jovanovic, when not making her tip-kills, set the ball for MAC’s attackers and Meghan Dohogne and Katarina Sretenovic were more than appreciative as they hammered 13 kills each in the match. Both Hilary Trevino and Jami Jackson had eight kills each.
In the final game, the Lady Cardinals jumped out to a lead they would not lose on the serve of Sara Duckworth. Duckworth served the score to 5-0, and in the end, Trevino was able to serve out the game with six straight service points.
Mineral Area will travel to Union to play East Central College on Wednesday with their next home gam coming on Monday, October 26 against Leis & Clark for the Lady Cardinals conference finale.