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Gaels lose to Clear Lake at the net

September 26, 2012

Turn the page and move on.

That was the mindset of the St. Edmond volleyball team after being swept by North Central Conference foe Clear Lake Tuesday night on Homecoming at the Gael gym.

Scores were 25-14, 25-14 and 25-23 in favor of the Lions.

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"We just didn't play aggressively or take care of the ball," SEHS head coach John Johnson said. "At the same time, Clear Lake did what you're suppose to do to win. (The Lions) are hanging in (the NCC title race) and playing everyone tough, so it's not like we lost to a bad team."

Trailing two games to none, the Gaels (8-14 overall, 1-4 in the league) actually built an early five-point (7-2) advantage and late 21-18 lead in the finale, before watching the visitors scratch and claw their way back. Following a pivotal timeout, the Lions sealed the deal with a 7-2 run down the stretch, capped by a booming kill from Kaitlyn Pitzen.

"The frustrating thing is we're beating ourselves," said Johnson. "I feel like this year's team is better technique-wise than last year, but for whatever reason, we're just not battling. We don't anticipate anything, and are often times caught standing flat-footed."

In the opening set, the green and white surrendered Clear Lake (11-7, 4-1) 15 of the last 21 points. SEHS dug itself a quick 7-0 hole as well in Game 2, while never seriously threatening the Lions.

Senior Claire Crimmins, Jill Salinas, senior Molly Doster and junior Paige Savery were all perfect behind the service line for St. Edmond. Savery and Crimmins added eight and seven digs, respectively.

Libby Augustine (.250) and Skylar Berdaus (.235) paced the Gaels in hitting percentage.

The SEHS JV (21-19, 18-21 and 11-15) came out on the short end, while the freshman squad (21-18 and 21-15) prevailed.

Next action for the Gaels is Thursday at Iowa Falls-Alden.



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