By Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield’s volleyball team fell to Gehlen Catholic, 3-0, but all sets were very close in a War Eagle Conference match-up before a big crowd at the A-W gym Sept. 24.
The Lady Jays, ranked third in the state’s Class 1A, won 25-22, 25-20 and 25-22 in three nail-biters.
“We did a good job of competing. We’re going to keep pushing forward. They did a good job and never gave up,” said A-W Co-coach Kami Kuhlmann.
A-W’s record slipped to 6-5 but they took with them knowledge they can play with the best of the WEC. A-W was 3-2 record in WEC matches.
The Third Set was an example of the never-give-up spirit this Tuesday. It was a 4-4 standoff early but Gehlen took an 11-7 lead. A-W fought back to a 12-10 deficit with Jordan Hansen serving.
The Jays reopened the lead at 20-13.
A-W cut the gap to 21-18 with Ann Hedlund serving and kills by Kayla Tindall.
A kill by Sarah Schroeder made it 24-22 Jays but the visitors were able to hold off the Lady Westerners for the win.
A-W’s best statistic was court coverage with 113 digs spread out with several players. Senior Jordan Hansen had a whopping 41 total digs; junior Desi Oltmanns had 23; junior Kortney Hedlund and freshman Bailey Davis had 15 each. Tindall added nine digs while freshman Ann Hedlund had four digs as did senior Dana Hedlund.
The Lady Westerners were 54-of-59 serving, 0.815 percent and had five aces.
Kortney Hedlund had six kills, three total blocks, and was 13-of-14 serving with three aces.
Schroeder finished with six kills, two digs, five total blocks and 8-of-8 serving.
Tindall had three kills, four total blocks, and 8-of-9 serving with one ace.
Bethany Eastman had two kills, two assists and two total blocks.
Dana Hedlund had 16 assists, two total blocks and was 8-of-9 serving.
Cali Westergard had three total blocks.
A-W had 18 kills, 18 assists and 19 total blocks.