CARLISLE — There were flashes of it all season. Newton High’s Cardinals showed flashes of it — stellar play on the volleyball court — at times in Wednesday’s Class 4A Region 4 volleyball match.
But as it was all season for the Cardinals, they couldn’t put all those flashes together for a victory. Carlisle’s Wildcats won in straight sets on their home court, 25-12, 25-16, 25-19 to send the Cardinals home. Newton finished the 2017 at 3-26 after the first-round loss in regional play.
The Wildcats took control of the opening set by serving three straight points. A kill by senior Rachel Berkland made it 5-2 and gave the serve to Newton but the Cardinals couldn’t keep it.
It was 8-4 when Berkland went to the service line. Senior Audrey Lucas delivered a kill at the net for the first of just two service points the Cardinals had in the first set. The second one had roles reversed with Lucas serving and Berkland at the net to make it 13-9.
Carlisle rolled up a six-point serving run to push its lead to 21-11. The Wildcats won 25-12.
Newton fell behind 6-3 in the second set but battled to stay within striking distance. Down 10-7, Berkland’s kill put the ball in the hands of freshman setter Kate Callaghan at the service line.
Senior Lucy Lilenthal had a kill then Callaghan’s ace tied the set at 10-10. She served up one more point to put the Cardinals up 11-10. Alexis Hoffman, one of nine seniors on the Cardinal team, served up a point to give Newton a 13-12 lead.
The Wildcats strung together six serving points to regain the lead. Berkland served to points for Newton to make it 18-16 then Carlisle served out the set for a 25-16 win.
Berkland put up a block for a defensive point in the third set to tie the score at 2-all. The Wildcats surged ahead, 10-5, before senior Harlie Durr served up two points for the Cardinals. Senior Madison Bleeker used a tip at the net for a defensive point at 11-8.
Newton trailed 13-9 when Lucas had an ace serve and Berkland landed a kill. The Cardinals made a run on a three-point serving stint by Callaghan to knot the set at 15-15.
Carlisle broke the tie and pushed to a 20-15 lead. It was 21-17 and Berkland served two points, but that was it. The Wildcats took possession of the serve and ended the set, 25-19, for the match victory.
Callaghan served for six points in the match for Newton. Berkland had four service points and Lucas had three. Durr served up two point while Lee and Hoffman each had one service point.
The other three seniors on the team were Jasmine Bailey and Addy Blom.
There were no other individual statistics for Newton from the match available before presstime.
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