Comforts of home
The St. Edmond volleyball team delivered a home victory here Thursday night over an old conference rival.
Scores were 25-17, 25-20 and 25-19 in favor of the Gaels over Eagle Grove.
After suffering a tough five-set loss to Clear Lake earlier this week, St. Edmond (6-9 overall) continued its strong run against the Eagles by relying on what SEHS head coach Dee Huss described as “experienced youth.”
“We have a lot of younger kids, but they have volleyball experience,” Huss said. “Still, when you are going up against a senior-led team like (Eagle Grove), you never know what to expect.
“I was proud of the way our seniors stepped up and carried that leadership role.”
Megan Flattery – one of two seniors on the roster with Madi Engels – had eight kills, three blocks and two aces, while Engels added five kills and three aces for St. Edmond.
Hannah Huss had a team-high nine kills and four aces, with Erin Flattery adding eight kills and three blocks.
“We moved some girls into different spots and they really did well,” Huss said. “Chloe Lewison saw more playing time and Madi did a nice job giving Livi (Huss) a break.”
After the Eagles (0-13) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, the Gaels answered with four points of their own. The two sides exchanged mini-rallies before St. Edmond closed things out with nine consecutive points.
Megan Flattery had four kills in that set alone, while Devyn Scott and Erin Flattery each added two.
It was another Gael rally that put the second away, as they scored seven of nine at one stage to turn it from a 10-10 tie to a 17-12 SEHS edge.
“That was really good for our confidence to see us battle through some adversity and put together solid points,” Huss said. “We had to really battle; Eagle Grove came ready to play.”
Following a five-point spurt by the Eagles, St. Edmond answered once again in the third to take the advantage. After they exchanged points, the Gaels again found a rhythm, tallying 11 of the final 15 points to seal the deal.
Natalie Vrba led Eagle Grove with five kills, while Jarika Eisentrager had two.
St. Edmond hits the courts Sunday for the CYO, taking on No. 2 (Class 3A) Carroll Kuemper, Storm Lake St. Mary’s, Bishop Garrigan, ninth-ranked (1A) LeMars Gehlen, top-ranked (4A) Sioux City Heelan and Remsen St. Mary’s in LeMars.
“It’s a long day with six matches and the bus ride there, but it will be such a learning experience for us,” Huss said. “It’s strong competition and that’s what will only make us better.”
The Gaels return home Sept. 28 for the final time against NCC foe Webster City.
In the freshman match, St. Edmond won 21-12 and 21-7 to improve to 4-1 on the year. They also claimed the junior varsity match, 21-16 and 22-20.