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Gaels hold off Eagle Grove

September 14, 2012
By DANA BECKER - Messenger Sports Writer ( , Messenger News

The St. Edmond volleyball team didn't click on all cylinders Thursday night, but the Gaels still did enough to get past Eagle Grove.

St. Edmond won by scores of 25-18, 27-25, 20-25 and 25-21.

Despite missing two senior regulars, the Gaels (6-10 overall, 1-2 in North Central Conference) were able to lean on the likes of Alli Huss, Libby Augustine, Lauren Moeding and Annie Kersten.

"We had to sit Molly Doster and Skylar Berdaus because of injuries, and I thought that showed early on," said SEHS head coach John Johnson. "We didn't have a really good flow on offense because Molly is normally our setter.

"But I thought that Lauren did a great job, even though she doesn't have a lot of experience playing setter."

St. Edmond was able to finish off the Eagles (5-13, 0-3) with a mini-rally in the opener, and Huss put an exclamation point on the second with an ace.

Eagle Grove, however, didn't go away quietly, scoring seven of the final eight points to claim the third.

"Give (the Eagles) a lot of credit because they never backed down," Johnson said. "They made it difficult to return their serves, and that put a lot of pressure on us."

The Gaels jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the fourth before Eagle Grove mounted a run. After St. Edmond went ahead 20-14, the Eagles tallied six straight points to tie things up.

From there, the Gaels finished it off by scoring five of the final six points, including a Huss kill to end it.

"Despite having several players in new positions, I was pleased with what I saw," Johnson said. "We just didn't look real smooth out there, and that's because those lineups really haven't played together at all."

Lexie Miller, a senior, led the Eagles with 15 kills. Eagle Grove is off until next Thursday when they travel to Algona.

The Gaels return to action this Sunday at the CYO in LeMars.

St. Edmond won the junior varsity contest, 21-15, 21-12, and claimed the freshman match 21-14, 18-21 and 15-13.



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