Sophia Crane’s dig in the state quarterfinal Saturday at Jefferson City amazes her coach, teammates and fans.

Cardinals end winning season at quarterfinal

Bob Foos

It seemed the Cardinals were on their way for the second year in a row to the state volleyball final four.

They won the first match (25-19) against the Lady Jays at Jefferson Saturday in the quarterfinals. Then they barely lost the second match (27-25) and won the third (25-21).

But the host team took the momentum in the fourth match (25-23) and barely held back the Cardinals in the deciding fifth match (15-13).

Only 16 points separated the teams over five matches.

The Cardinals ended their 27-7 season by winning their third-straight district championship

The quarterfinal loss was especially tough for seniors Sophia Crane, Jadyn Catterson, Khloe Rhuems, Aubree Lassiter and Makayla Mayes.

As assistant coach Jason Brown summarized, though, it was a “Great game! Hard fought! No shame!”

Coach Rhonda Lawrence and Avery Gardner (3) are uplifted by a crucial Cardinal point.

Kirra Long’s quick reflexes keep the ball in play, with anticipation by Jaeli Rutledge (25) Mia Lenker (12) and Savannah Crane (14).

Makayla Mayes gets one past the Lady Jays.

Aubree Lassiter scores.