2017-09-07 / Sports

Nouvel volleyball faces Beaverton, MLS

By Lamont Lenar


Isabelle Patel elevates for a block in the Panthers’ Aug. 30 game against Beaverton. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Isabelle Patel elevates for a block in the Panthers’ Aug. 30 game against Beaverton. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Nouvel Catholic Central volleyball team faced off against Beaverton and Michigan Lutheran Seminary on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Nouvel.

The Panthers lost to Beaverton in two sets 25-17, 25-17. In the first set, the two teams stayed close early, with a 10-10 tie. Then Beaverton jumped out to a 17-13 lead. The Panthers got within three, 19-16, before Beaverton pulled away to take the set 25-17.

In the second set, Beaverton jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, before Nouvel made a run to take an 11-10 lead. The two teams then stayed close, with the Panthers keeping within one point, down 16-15, before Beaverton once again went on a run to win 25-17.

In its second match against MLS, the Cardinals won in two sets, 25-17, 25-20.

In the first set, the Panthers kept it close early, playing to an 11-11 tie, before the Cardinals went on to take the set, 25-17.


Nouvel’s Catherine Buko sets up a pass during the Aug. 30 match against Michigan Lutheran Seminary. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Nouvel’s Catherine Buko sets up a pass during the Aug. 30 match against Michigan Lutheran Seminary. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Panthers opened the second set with a 4-1 lead, before the Cardinals made a run, and went ahead 14-6. The Panthers battled back to pull within two, 17-15, and again at 21-19, but then Seminary took the game for the 25-20 win.

Nouvel coach Kaly LeBourdais said the team is young, with five freshmen and a sophomore on the squad, along with a junior and three seniors. She said they are looking to eliminate unforced errors and improve as the team gains experience.

Coach LeBourdais said, “It is a growing year for us, and we’re looking to improve every time we step on the court.”



Jade Patel tips the ball over the net for Nouvel in its Aug. 30 game against Michigan Lutheran Seminary. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Jade Patel tips the ball over the net for Nouvel in its Aug. 30 game against Michigan Lutheran Seminary. Photo by Lamont Lenar

Christina Buko serves for Nouvel in its Aug. 30 meet, where the Panthers faced off against Beaverton and Michigan Lutheran Seminary. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Christina Buko serves for Nouvel in its Aug. 30 meet, where the Panthers faced off against Beaverton and Michigan Lutheran Seminary. Photo by Lamont Lenar

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