SPRING VALLEY, WI - it’s always nice for a team that’s struggling to head into the playoffs on a winning note. That’s just what the Cardinals did last week when they swept Elmwood in three games then took Durand in five games on parents night in the season finale.

SV 3, Elmwood 0
The cardinals dispatched Elmwood in three games by scores of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-18.

Valley was led by Alyxis Johansen with 10 kills in 31 attacks. The team had 33 kills in 95 total attacks on the game with just 12 errors.

Junior Camryn Wegner had 28 assists in the game. Senior Rachel Fesenmaier had seven service aces and the team had 14 aces.

Defensively, senior Gabby Stevens had 19 digs and Johansen had another 10. The team had 56 digs in the game.

SV 3, Durand 2
This back-and-forth game went right down to the wire with the Cardinals taking the first two games, 26-24, 25-21, then Durand taking the next two games 23-25 and 17-25, before Valley buckled down for the final game win 15-13.

Johansen led the attack with 18 kills in 61 attacks and sophomore Mataya Kado had 16 kills in 35 attacks. The team had 53 kills and 183 total attacks with just 25 errors in the match.

Wegner had 43 assists on the game.

Stevens led the defense with 23 digs and sophomore Madeline Matthys had 21. Wegner (15), Fesenmaier (12) and Johansen (11) also played well defensively.The team had 95 digs together.

The team also had 11 blocks and no blocking errors, as well as six service reception errors in the match.

The pair of wins left the Cardinals with an 11-14 record overall, and 3-5 record in the Dunn-St. Croix standings, good for 5th place.

The Cardinals played against Elk Mound this past Tuesday night in the opening round of the WIAA tournament.