Gaels lose to Humboldt at the nets

St. Edmond head volleyball coach Dee Huss saw a glimpse of what her squad can do Thursday night vs. Humboldt.

It wasn’t enough, though, as the Wildcats claimed a 3-1 victory.

Scores were 23-25, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-20.

The Gaels (8-14 overall, 1-3 in North Central Conference) were led by Alli Huss, as the senior recorded 14 kills and three blocks.

Anna Yung added nine kills, Madeline Baldwin seven, and Lauren Moeding recorded 36 assists.

“We tweaked our rotations around before the match and I liked what I saw,” Huss said. “You could tell we’ve had just a couple days to practice (with the new rotations), as players were playing next to somebody new.

“I think this will work, we just need to keep working.”

For the Wildcats (12-6, 3-1), April Jones had quite the night, registering 14 kills and eight blocks. Talyn Larsen added 10 kills and Lindsey Johnson had eight.

“We aren’t a very tall team, so we have to take advantage of what size we have,” Huss said. “We didn’t do that, and Humboldt did.”

St. Edmond closed out the first set with a flurry, tallying the final four points. That carried over to the start of the second before Humboldt got on a run.

The Wildcats, led by Jones, registered seven straight to take an 18-14 lead and never look back.

“We played just like we’ve wanted in the first, closing the door,” said Huss, who saw her team fall behind 8-1 early on in the opening set. “And we did a lot of good things in the second, but we just couldn’t keep it going.

“I liked our effort, we just need to gain some consistency.”

Humboldt had little trouble through the final two games until the very end of the fourth when the Gaels put together a run to cut into a commanding lead.

The Wildcats, who are 3-2 in their last five, went back to Jones to complete the match.

Huss hopes this difficult stretch for St. Edmond has provided strength to her team. The Gaels, at one point, played 10 ranked teams during a 15-match stretch.

“It’s been tough run, but playing this level of competition will only make us tougher for the end of the year,” she said.

Jill Salinas had 13 digs, Baldwin added six blocks and Paige Savery picked up 20 digs. Also, Savery, Jaci Stumpf and Yung were perfect serving, going a combined 30-for-30 with one ace.

“Jill has been working extremely hard for us,” Huss said. “She had a great night in serve-receive, as did Paige.”

The Gaels return to action on Tuesday at Clear Lake.