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Gehlen garners WEC win over HMS

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Gehlen Catholic senior Abby Freking led the Jays with nine aces against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Tuesday in Le Mars.
LE MARS -- Gehlen Catholic fought off a feisty Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn squad on Tuesday for a three-set victory. Gehlen will now face off with Hinton on Thursday for second place in the War Eagle Conference.

HMS (5-17, 3-6) kept the score close in two of the three sets at Gehlen (18-9, 8-1).

Gehlen led 14-12 before calling a timeout in the first set. The Jays responded by winning five of the next six points and 11 of the final 15 to win the set 25-16.

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(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Gehlen Catholic senior Katelin Langel jumps during a serve against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Tuesday.
The Jays jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second set and led 15-5 later on. The final margin of 15 points at 25-10 was the largest of the set.

HMS responded in the third set as the two teams saw several ties and lead changes through the first half of the game.

Gehlen closed out the match by winning 13 of the final 17 points to win the third set 25-16.

Senior Abby Freking led the Jays with nine ace serves on 25-for-26 serving. Freking also made 29 assists.

Baily Wiltgen hit four aces on 17-for-20 serving. Shannon Smith was 13-for-14 passing and 9-for-10 serving with one ace. Emily Holtgrewe was 10-for-12 passing.

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(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Gehlen Catholic senior Shannon Smith receives a serve from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Tuesday in Le Mars.
Katelin Langel hit a team-high 11 kills. Wiltgen hit nine and Alison Schnepf hit six. Morgan Whitehead finished the match with five kills.

Freking, Langel and Smith each made nine digs. Langel made one solo block and assisted on two others. Hannah Kessenich assisted on three blocks.

Gehlen will go to Hinton for Thursday's match.



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