<HR><CENTER><B>Girls recover from early loss to<br> place third in home tournament</B></CENTER>
The Cards topped Worthington, Springfield and Southwest Christian during the event while falling to Blue Earth Area during the nine-team event.
The nine teams were evenly divided into three-team pools to start the tournament. After playing two matches against the others in their pool, the pool winners formed another pool, the teams that placed second formed another pool and the third-place finishers formed a final pool for two more matches of play.
Luverne, which was placed in a pool with Worthington and BEA to start play, went 1-1 in the morning to earn a spot in the second pool for afternoon play.
The Cards beat Springfield and SWC in the afternoon, and their 3-1 overall record for the day gave them fourth place at tournament's end.
BEA, which beat both Luverne and Worthington in the morning session, went 0-2 in the afternoon. That allowed the Cards to pass BEA in the final standings.
Luverne opened the morning session of the tournament by securing 15-13 and 15-5 victories over Southwest Conference foe Worthington.
Then the Cards met BEA and came up on the short end of a 2-1 score in a three-game match.
BEA nipped LHS 16-14 in Game 1 before the Cards evened the match with a 15-12 win in Game 2. BEA prevailed 15-12 in the finale.
Competing in a pool consisting of teams that placed second in pool play during the morning, Luverne had a good afternoon that featured LHS winning four of five games and taking two matches.
The Cards recorded 15-12 and 15-5 wins against Springfield to start the afternoon session.
After dropping a 15-12 decision against SWC during Game 1 of the final match, Luverne rallied to post a pair of 15-11 wins to steal the match.
"We took another step forward Saturday," said pleased Mary Jo Graphenteen, the LHS coach. "By looking at the scores, you can tell we played in a lot of close games. We won some and we lost some of those games. If we can cut down on the number of unforced errors we made, it will help us a great deal."
A good share of Luverne's unforced errors came at the service line during the tournament. The Cards completed an unacceptable 84 percent of their serves for the day.
"Our only major downfall was in serving. You can get by with serving 84 percent when you have a lot of aces, but we didn't get many aces. Serving mistakes stopped a lot of our rallies," Graphenteen said.
Lisa Mulder had a good serving day for the Cards, completing 32 of 34 attempts and scoring 24 points.
Susan Remme and Missy Boomgaarden had 30 and 24 kills respectively.
Setter Brooke Lundgren was given credit by coach Graphenteen for spreading the ball around well during the tournament.
Amy Nunez and Nicole Aaker did a great job of coming off the bench and making things happen for LHS, according to the coach.
The 6-4-1 Cardinals play in Jackson tonight.