Gaels rally for 5 set victory

The St. Edmond volleyball team sent their four seniors out with a five-set victory over Hampton-Dumont Tuesday inside the Gael gym.

After falling behind 2-1 after three, St. Edmond (11-15 overall, 4-4 in North Central Conference) rallied to take the final two.

Scores were 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-8 and 20-18.

It marked the final home appearance for Paige Savery, Lauren Moeding, Kenzie Hawley and Alli Huss, and the quartet did everything they could to secure the win.

Huss had 13 kills, six aces and four blocks, including five kills in the pivotal fourth set. Moeding had 38 assists and four kills, while Savery added 34 digs and was 17-for-17 serving.

“These four seniors have worked hard to get in this position,” SEHS head coach Dee Huss said. “They’ve put in the effort to start their senior years in a position of strength, and that showed (Tuesday night).

“Paige and Kenzie were great as defensive specialists, and Lauren just continues to battle through her wrist injury. Alli had a strong game in the middle for us, as well.”

The Bulldogs (4-17, 1-7) entered on a five-match losing streak and had won just one in their last 11. But, they gave St. Edmond fits early on.

Macy Schiedeman, a sophomore, had three kills and four blocks in the first set alone, helping Hampton-Dumont jump out to an early lead.

“We had a lot of things going on with Senior Night and the pink-out, so maybe that hurt us a little,” Huss said. “But I was proud of the way we battled back.

“Earlier in the year, we might not have pulled out a match like this. But (Tuesday) we showed heart and how far we’ve come to earn this win.”

St. Edmond has now won three of its last four and improved to 5-4 in its last nine overall. The Gaels finish out their regular season at Clarion-Goldfield on Thursday.