Gehlen Catholic serves up win over Remsen St. Mary’s

Thursday, September 6, 2018

LE MARS — Maintaining the No. 2 spot in Class 1A in the latest IGHSAU rankings released Thursday, August 30, the Gehlen Catholic volleyball team kept up their high level of play in a sweep of Remsen St. Mary’s.

“It was another good win for us as I was especially pleased that we started the match with a solid first set,” Gehlen Head Coach Mike Meyer said. “It was a good win, especially for a home opener.”

The team found plenty of success at the service line as they dropped in 13 aces on the night. Many of those came in the first set as the Jays had about as many points from aces as the Hawks had total in a 25-6 opening set win.

Brooklyn Heissel dropped in back-to-back ace serves to give the Jays a 3-1 lead and Chloe Bunkers added two consecutive aces out of a timeout at 8-2. Britt added three aces of her own for the match and said it was nice to pick up some easy points off the serve.

RSM took a brief 3-1 lead at the start of the second set with Lexi Delperdang finding the far back corner vacant for an ace of her own. That was as big of a lead as the Hawks could muster up as Gehlen went on an 11-1 run to take control.

The Hawks doubled their point total from the first set in what turned out to be a 25-12 second set, but most of their points came after Meyer began subbing out his starters as he was able to get 13 players into the contest.

The Jays again picked up an easy win to secure the sweep, ending the match with a 25-10 score.

The team was led by Katie Peters with seven kills. Rachel Langel knocked down six kills while Heissel and Katelyn Langel ended with five apiece.

Britt and Sydney Livermore split the majority of the assists with 10 apiece. Britt was also the team’s leader in digs with seven.

The Hawks were led by Miranda Loutsch with three kills and 12 digs.

Remsen St. Mary’s (2-2) will face their second straight No. 2 ranked opponent as Class 2A’s second-ranked Unity Christian visits Remsen on Tuesday, September 4.