Hudson at Chi-Hi volleyball 10-12-17

Chi-Hi’s Megan Cole makes a play at the net against Hudson on Thursday evening at Chi-Hi.

BRANDON BERG, The Herald

A new season is just around the corner for the Chi-Hi volleyball team.

The Cardinals closed Big Rivers Conference play on Thursday with a four-set defeat at the hands of Hudson (20-25, 16-25, 25-18, 17-25), a match the team showed plenty of spark in but as the Cardinals hit the postseason, Chi-Hi coach Tami Slowiak said her team is looking for one thing specifically — consistency.

“Absolutely I hope we can take advantage of the good things we are doing and turn them into more good,” Slowiak said. “It’s hard when we work hard for a point but don’t not use that momentum to keep us moving forward. There is so much momentum behind this game and we want to do a better job using it.”

After falling behind 2-0 with defeats in the first two sets, the Cardinals flipped the script in the third set to pick up a victory before the Raiders closed out the win in the fourth.

Caelan Givens led the Cardinals with 11 kills while the quartet of Kaelin Roshell, Megan Cole, Lacey O’Donnell and Isabella Carani each had six kills, showing the balance and depth the team has up front. Cole added a pair of blocks up front while Addy Bengtson and Lydia Steinmetz had 21 and 20 assists, respectively, and Autumn Olson had a team-high 17 digs with O’Donnell adding 13 and Kaylee Frenette chipping in with 11.

Chi-Hi closes the regular season on Saturday in a tournament at Altoona before kicking off the Division 1 playoffs next Thursday at Marshfield. The Tigers defeated Chi-Hi in a nonconference matchup on Sept. 12 in Marshfield.

“Moving into tournament season we will concentrate on consistency and doing the little things well,” Slowiak said. “It’s a whole new season now.”

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