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Bloomfield honor seniors with win over Shoals

Thursday, October 11, 2012

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Bloomfield senior Kari Schulte dishes out an assist for the Lady Cardinal volleyball team, who stopped visiting Shoals in a high school non-conference match Thursday night at Guy Glover Gymnasium. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
BLOOMFIELD -- The Bloomfield Lady Cardinals paid tribute to their seniors then went out on the court and made a winner at home of their retiring coach for the final time Thursday night at Glover Gym.

The celebration came at the expense of visiting Shoals 25-16, 25-20, 25-19 in a non-conference match.

"We served well, we hit the ball well and stayed aggressive all night," BHS (12-15) coach Susie Schulte said. "And that's a nice way to end the home season."

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Macayla Myers hugs Bloomfield volleyball coach Susie Schulte in her final match as Lady Cardinal coach at Guy Glover Gymnasium. The Lady Cardinals defeated Shoals Thursday night. (By Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
For Schulte, it was the final home match in a career spanned 11 years over three stints at the helm of the Lady Cardinals.

She sat on the sideline watching as her team -- led by senior trio Macayla Myers, Kayla Mendenhall and daughter Kari Schulte -- played aggressive, served solid and by her own admission, played the best volleyball they've played this season in the deciding third set.

"That's the best we've played for awhile," she said about the final stanza. "It was a good night."

The coach's daughter closed out her home play dishing out 26 assists with five digs and a block.

The majority of the assists went to juniors Tiffany Lachance (18 kills) and Nicole Hughes (9 kills) as they combined to drive home 27 spikes.

Also getting in on the offense freshmen Emily Bucher and Madison Toon who pounded home four kills each.

At the serving line it was solid night for the Lady Cardinals with very few errors. As a team they combined to serve 70 of 73 attempts successfully with six total aces.

Meaghan Bond led the serving with four aces and a 12-for-12 showing at the line.

The Lady Jug Rox came out ready to spoil the festivities when they erased a 5-0 opening BHS lead and forged 10-10 deadlock.

It came before the Lady Cardinals found a second gear and outscored Shoals 15-6 the rest of the way.

In the second set the Lady Rox threatened to force at least a fourth set when they dodged and parried their way to deadlocks at 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-, and 10-all before Bloomfield finally managed to add some breathing room.

"We had some long rallies and stayed with it," Schulte said. "We played aggressive and played well."

Things went a little better for the hosts in the final set as they ran to a 10-3 lead and never wavered, leading all the way to the end when -- poetically, the coach's daughter tapped home the final point of the match.

"They're still aggressive and a scrappy little team," the coach said of the Lady Rox. "They have some good hitters up front."

Schulte noted that it wasn't the worst overall performance her team could have put out on the court considering the postseason is looming on the horizon.

"We're either going to be ready or not," she said. "You either know it by now or not.

"Tonight they knew it and our home crowd helped a lot. Our cheerblock is loud and that helps our girls."

In the junior varsity contest, it was Bloomfield prevailing with a 25-23, 25-20 tally behind seven kills by Kylee Moody.

The Lady Cardinals will conclude the regular season Saturday at North Knox, starting with the junior varsity at 10 a.m.

Bloomfield will open play at the Class 2A Eastern Greene Sectional at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 against South Knox.

Bloomfield varsity stats

Kari Schulte -- 10-11 serving, 1 ace, 26 assists, 1 kill, 5 digs, 1 block.

Tiffany Lachance -- 10-10 serving, 1 assist, 18 kills, 10 digs, 3 blocks.

Nicole Hughes -- 18-19 serving, 3 assists, 9 kills, 7 digs, 2 blocks.

Emily Bucher -- 6-6 serving, 4 kills, 2 digs, 1 block.

Lexi Place -- 1 dig.

Madison Toon -- 4 kills.

Meaghan Bond -- 12-12 serving, 4 aces, 2 digs.

Aubrey Adams -- 14-15 serving, 1 ace, 11 digs.

Kayla Mendenhall -- 2 digs.

Bloomfield junior varsity stats

Melissa Roach -- 7-7 serving, 7 digs.

Taylor Urban -- 2 kills, 1 dig.

Megan Gainey -- 1 kill.

Michelle Myers -- 6-10 serving, 5 kills, 1 dig, 1 block.

Averi Workman -- 12-12 serving, 3 aces, 12 assists, 1 kill, 2 digs.

Kylee Moody -- 8-9 serving, 2 aces, 7 kills, 5 digs.

Tara Lauderdale -- 4-6 serving, 1 ace, 1 assist, 1 kill.

Taylor Graf -- 4-5 serving.

Rachel Hasler -- 6 digs.



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