Gehlen, RSM volleyball compete at CYO Tournament

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

LE MARS — Gehlen Catholic and Remsen St. Mary’s were joined by other Catholic schools for the CYO Tournament held Sunday.

Gehlen finishes second

After winning the CYO Tournament two years in a row, Gehlen Catholic dropped into the second place spot this year behind Kuemper Catholic. The Lady Jays went 3-1 at the tournament with the loss coming to Kuemper by a 2-1 score in a match between the Class 1A No. 7 ranked team and a Kuemper team which had been ranked in 2A, but had just fallen out of the rankings.

“We went into this tournament thinking Heelan was the team to beat, but it turned out that Carroll Kuemper was,” Gehlen Head Coach Dan Goebel said. “We went three games with them, but they executed better down the final stretch.”

Gehlen won the opening frame 21-17 before losing the next set by an identical score. The Knights claimed the match with a 15-10 win in the third.

Kuemper improved their record to 20-3 by the end of the tournament as they have won nine consecutive matches. Three of their four wins at the CYO tournament did go to the full three sets in the best-of-three format.

Gehlen won a close 2-1 match over Bishop Garrigan. After a first set win by a 21-14 score, the Golden Bears edged out a 21-19 win in the second. Gehlen took the third set by the minimum two points in a 15-13 victory.

Gehlen swept Class 4A No. 8 ranked Bishop Heelan, but both sets went down to the wire and were decided by two points. The Jays won an extended first set 22-20 and took the second by a 21-19 score.

The team’s other win was a bit easier as the team swept Fort Dodge St. Edmond by a 21-10, 21-6 score.

“We played pretty well as a team today, overall,” Goebel said. “We had moments of great passing and digging and other times where we just couldn’t deliver a consistent pass. This was especially noticeable when we needed the option of using three hitters against tougher teams. We also got caught being flat-footed on some blocked attacks. Serving overall was pretty consistent. We didn’t serve as aggressively as we can, but we kept most in.”

Across the four matches, Miyah Whitehead and Aurora Goebel were the team’s attacking leaders with 24 kills each. Cadence Goebel earned 57 assists and was the team’s leader in blocks with four assisted and two solo.

Whitehead finished with a team-high 30 digs which was six more than Sophie Ruden had for the day. Whitehead and Ruden were also among the serving leaders with four aces each. They were joined by Jasmine Lubben’s four ace serves as the leaders of the team.

Gehlen’s record stood at 10-5 at the end of the tournament.

“I am hoping we can take what we learned at this tournament, especially the confidence we gained from the wins, and use that momentum to continue to build on,” Goebel said.

Remsen St. Mary’s goes 1-3

Remsen St. Mary’s finished the day 1-3 with their lone win coming against St. Edmond. The Hawks won in straight sets by scores of 21-14 and 21-16.

The Hawks used a balanced attacking front in the win. Whitney Jensen and Claire Schroeder had four kills apiece. Mya Bunkers and Octavia Galles added three kills apiece.

The team added ace serves from Halle Galles, Gracyn Schroeder and Jensen.

Defensively, the team got two blocks apiece from Jensen and Octavia Galles which led the team. Halle Galles and Marina Cronin led the back row with five digs each.

RSM fell to Class 4A No. 8 ranked Bishop Heelan in straight sets 21-6 and 21-18. Claire Schroeder led the team with four kills in the match. Bunkers had an ace serve and led the team with five assists. Jensen had a block and five digs to lead the defensive categories.

The Hawks fell to Bishop Garrigan in two sets by scores of 21-13 and 21-19.

Octavia Galles was the most successful attacker with four kills in nine attempts for a .444 efficiency. Jensen was next on the team with three kills.

Bunkers led the way with six assists and two ace serves. Tessa Tentinger had a block for the Hawks.

The Hawks took the first set 21-18 over Kuemper Catholic, but then dropped the next two as they lost 21-8 and 15-11.

Jensen led the Hawks with nine kills while Claire Schroeder added six. Tessa Tentinger turned three of her five swings into kills for a .600 efficiency which led the team.

Bunkers had the team’s two ace serves and assisted on 14 plays.

After the tournament, RSM’s record stood at 6-4.

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