by Steve Peterson
The Lady Westerners battled but Gehlen Catholic ended with a War Eagle Conference win in a 3-0 sweep in Le Mars Sept. 18.
Akron-Westfield lost the first set to the Jays 25-10. The Jays won the next two sets by identical 25-16 scores.
The Lady Westerners saw their record slip to 5-6 overall, 2-2 in conference play.
Junior Bethany Eastman had five kills for A-W and senior Emily Miller also had five to lead the way. Junior Kayla Tindall added four kills.
Junior Dana Hedlund led Coach Mollie Koopmans’ squad with 15 assists while senior Haley Coyle added four.
Sophomore Kortney Hedlund had an outstanding service game with seven ace serves on 7-for-7 serving. Junior Jordan Hansen was 4-for-5 serving with an ace, Dana Hedlund was 7-of-8 serving with one ace and Tindall was 7-for-8 serving with an ace. A-W finished with 10 total aces.
Hansen led with eight digs. Coyle had five digs and sophomore Desi Oltmanns had four.
A-W is at Spalding Catholic in Granville Sept. 27 and will host West Sioux on Oct. 2 in WEC matches.
A-W vs. Gehlen Catholic
Coyle, 3 kills, 4 attack attempts, 4 assists, 5 digs, 3 block assists, 3 total blocks, 5-for-6 serving; Eastman, 5 kills, 2 kill errors, 8 attack attempts, 1 dig, 1 block assist, 1 solo block, 2 blocks total, 6-for-6 serving; Hansen, 3 attack attempts, 1 assist, 8 digs, 4-for-4 serving, 1 ace; Dana Hedlund, 1 kill, 1 kill error, 3 attack attempts, 15 assists, 3 digs, 1 block assist, 1 total block, 7-for-8 serving, 1 ace; Kortney Hedlund, 1 kill error, 2 attack attempts, 2 digs, 7-for-7 serving, 7 aces; Miller, 5 kills, 3 kill errors, 10 attack attempts, 1 block assist, 1 total block; Oltmanns, 4 digs; Sarah Schroeder, 2 kills, 1 kill error, 3 attack attempts, 1 block assist, 1 solo block, 2 total blocks; Tindall, 4 kills, 2 kill errors, 9 attack attempts, 1 assist, 2 block assists, 2 total blocks, 7-for-8 serving, 1 ace; Cali Westergard, 2 kills, 1 kill error, 5 attack attempts, 1 assist, 2 block assists, 1 solo block, 3 total blocks. Team 22 kills, 11 kill errors, 47 attack attempts, 22 assists, 23 digs, 11 block assists, 3 solo blocks, 14 total blocks, 36-for-40 serving, 10 ace serves.