Gaels come up short

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Devyn Scott of St. Edmond pushes the ball over the net against Clear Lake on Thursday

It was an emotional night for Dee Huss and the St. Edmond volleyball team here Thursday night as they honored seniors Macey Mason, Devyn Scott, Jacque Oberg and Chloe Lewison.

While the end result was a North Central Conference victory for Clear Lake, Huss couldn’t help but feel pride in all the work put forth by her four seniors over the past four years.

Scores were 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-21.

“Those girls have made a big impact on our program,” Huss said. “They have put in the time over their careers to try and improve not only as individuals, but as a team. I know they wanted to earn a win here on Senior Night, as did the rest of the girls for them, but we left it all out there on the court.

Scott led the Gaels (8-19 overall, 1-6 in NCC) with 10 kills and recorded two blocks, Mason had 26 digs and Lewison was 16-for-16 serving with three aces.

Josie Huss added eight kills, two aces and 17 digs, with Cambrie McBride recording 14 digs and four kills.

“We continue to work with some new rotations, but I thought our blocking was much better,” Huss said. “It’s just so hard to try and work on new things because we are playing tough teams night in and night out, but I know our schedule will only prepare us for the postseason.”

Along with Scott’s two blocks, McBride, Kacey Kruthoff and Sydney Engels each had a block. Engels and Leah Neverman had three kills each.

For the Lions (4-21, 2-5), Maranda Harrison had a match-high 16 kills, with Delaney Eden adding eight and Macy Mixdorf seven.

“We’ll get back to practice on Friday and focus in on regionals,” Huss said. “Over the past few years, we’ve done pretty well in the postseason because of our teams having really good practices leading up to that first match.”

Next action for the Gaels will be on Tuesday when they host Belmond-Klemme in a Class 1A regional at 7 p.m. The winner faces South Central Calhoun.

St. Edmond won both the junior varsity (21-18, 21-18) and freshman (21-17, 11-21, 15-9) matches.