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Gaels sweep Garrigan

October 5, 2012
By CHRIS JOHNSON - Assistant Sports Editor (sports@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

For the first time this season, the St. Edmond volleyball team picked up a three-game sweep here Thursday.

The Gaels (10-15 overall, 3-5 in the North Central Conference) knocked off Bishop Garrigan, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-23 on Thursday in the Gael gym.

It's St. Edmond's third league victory, coming off a 3-1 win over Hampton-Dumont and a four-game victory over Eagle Grove.

In the opening match, the Gaels built an 18-10 lead and held on after the Golden Bears (11-16, 2-7) cut the deficit to 23-20.

The Gaels coupled together another complete effort in the second game, building an 8-4 lead before Garrigan fought back to a 9-9 tie behind a big stretch from senior Aubrie Meyers. Meyers had two kills in the rally.

St. Edmond pulled away with a five-point run to go up 20-14, then closed the door after Garrigan cut it to 23-21.

"It was the best start we've had all season,'' said SEHS head coach John Johnson. "We beat them before at the St. Edmond Invitational, so I think we were fired up and confident because of that.''

The third game was a different story as Garrigan senior Chelsi Lanus and Meyers came to the forefront to spark a comeback.

Lanus, who is fourth in the conference in kills and fifth in blocks, came up big with five kills and three blocks in the final match. Meyers had four kills as well.

For the first time in the match, Garrigan gained the upper-hand at 6-3.

St. Edmond came back, though. Hannah Lentsch, who is second in the league in blocks and in Top-10 for kills, came up with three kills. Skylar Berdaus added two in the final game.

"We don't always respond well to rallies, but we did in this game,'' Johnson said. "They pushed us a little, but we were able to do some passing a little better and setting the ball.''

Claire Crimmins and Paige Savery were both 10-for-10 serving for the Gaels. Annie Kersten was 11 of 13.

Crimmins and Berdaus had 10 and nine digs respectively. Crimmins was 26-for-31 hitting with 11 kills.

Alli Huss was 14-for-14 hitting with six kills. Anna Young was 11 of 12 with four kills. Lentsch finished with four blocks.

For Garrigan, Emily Marlow was 13-for-13 serving. Meyers, Hannah Byrkeland and Vanessa Dodds were perfect on 11 tries.

Meyers and Lanus had 11 and 10 kills respectively. Lanus also had 12 digs and Byrkeland had eight digs.

The Gaels are back in action on Thursday when they host Clarion-Goldfield.

 
 

 

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