Story by Sister Hilda Kleiman
Photography by Jose Morales and Sister Hilda Kleiman
In their most competitive match yet this season, the Mount Angel Guardians volleyball team played against the Joint Pain All-Stars of Salem. While the Guardians lost to the All-Stars, each game was close, with a score for the final game of 22 to 25.
A small but enthusiastic crowd who joined the Guardians in the Damian Center were kept abreast of the fast-paced action by announcer Alex Woelkers. Several seminarians cheered and waved a Vatican flag from the balcony.
In one of the first rallies of the first game, Fredy Preciado saved the serve even if the Guardians lost the point:
A few rallies later in the first game, the entire team showed excellent hustle:
In the second game Michael Nguyen and Frank Villaneuva worked to keep the ball in play so Stephen Cieslak could attempt to score:
In the third and final game, the Guardians started to close the gap in game's final score with one of the longest rallies of the night:
|The Guardians gather for a final team cheer at the end of the match.|
|The Guardians congratulate the All-Stars at the net.|
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