Huskies reach 20 wins in claiming sectional title

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Cardinal’s dream season continued on Thursday with a 3-0 win over Warren Champion in a Division III sectional championship game at Berkshire High School.

With the 25-14, 25-5, 25-22 win, the top-seeded Huskies improved to 20-3 overall and advanced to Wednesday’s district semifinals against No. 4 Grand Valley.

“Tonight the girls started out strong,” Cardinal coach Karisca Chambers said. “I am proud of how far we have come this season. I know we can make it farther than we ever have in districts.”

Kaylee Klepper recorded 11 aces to help the Huskies control the momentum in the match.

“Her serving was on fire,” Chambers said. “Our hitters came out swinging and aggressive. In order to go far in districts, we need to swing at these teams.”

Camille Cummins led the charge with 11 kills and tied Alaina Strever for the team-high with 17 digs. Klepper added nine kills, Faith Peters finished with four and Andrea Mack contributed with a pair of kills and two blocks.

Haley Domen recorded 25 assists and two aces for the Huskies.

“We were just communicating well with Haley and connecting,” Cummins said of the offensive success.

The Huskies face a Grand Valley team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2017 when the Mustangs entered the district as the higher seeded team.

“As long as we stay focused and work hard, I have confidence in us,” Chambers said. “Grand Valley is going to be tough Wednesday and we will have to work on our coverage, but I’m excited to see what we can do.”

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