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Cardinals shut down Highlanders


Cardinal Newman’s Anna Logan Gillens goes for the kill against Heathwood Hall. Photos by Perry McLeod

Cardinal Newman’s Anna Logan Gillens goes for the kill against Heathwood Hall. Photos by Perry McLeod

The Cardinal Newman volleyball team traveled to Beltline Boulevard Thursday, September 24 and defeated the host Heathwood Hall Highlanders in three sets (25-6, 25-12, 25-11) to remain undefeated in SCISA Region I-3A play.

The Cardinals came into the matchup winners of three straight and started out on fire. Logan Watson served four straight points to open the match. Then after Heathwood crept back to within 5-3, Alexa Johnson rattled off five straight points, forcing the Highlanders to call a timeout. Erin Allert followed with a five-point streak of her own. Anna Logan Gillens finished off the set with six straight points on serve as Cardinal Newman took the first set 25-6.

Things got a little better for the Highlanders in the second set, though Heathwood scored only one point on serve the entire game. Instead, the Highlanders took advantage of numerous unforced errors and a couple of timely kills by Jayden Johnson to double their output from the first set. However, they could not overcome the duo of Gillens and Allert, who combined for 10 kills in the set, and Cardinal Newman took the second set 25-12.

Heathwood Hall’s Taylor Smith attempts to get a shot past Cardinal Newman’s Christiana Greene.

Heathwood Hall’s Taylor Smith attempts to get a shot past Cardinal Newman’s Christiana Greene.

The third set saw Heathwood take a 2-1 lead before Molly Mazoué went back to serve. After she finished, the score was 12-3 in favor of Cardinal Newman. Mazoué kept the Highlanders off balance with a combination of short and deep serves, changing pace as well, and Heathwood Hall never really recovered. The Cardinals took the final set 25-11 and the match 3-0.

Johnson led the Highlanders with eight kills and an ace. For Cardinal Newman, Gillens had 11 kills and two aces. Mazoué had nine kills and an ace. Allert had six kills, three aces, and four blocks; and Watson had two aces and 30 assists.

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