Justin McDaniel made some adjustments to his coaching, and the Humboldt volleyball staff didn’t lose tempo in a three-game St. Edmond sweep Thursday evening on the Gael health club.
The Wildcats (23-Three total, 5-1 North Central Convention) achieved a 25-11 victory within the first set, adopted by a 25-Eight victory in Recreation 2. The Gaels (7-15, Zero-6) they achieved a robust closing recreation, however fell quick, 25-18.
McDaniel moved younger Kendal Clark to an out of doors hitter place, and senior Claire Varangkounh went to the appropriate facet.
"We modified some issues and we had a brand new look," McDaniel stated. "Kendal went exterior and Claire on the appropriate facet. Claire has good arms and might put the ball anyplace. ”
The Wildcats didn’t lose within the month of September and received 21 of their final 22 video games. Clarion-Goldfield gave Humboldt his first defeat on the convention to open the month.
Humboldt, who’s 56-7 in video games, is in quest of the league title. The Cowgirls are 6-Zero, whereas Algona and Humboldt have one defeat every. Webster Metropolis suffered its second defeat within the NCC on Thursday, falling to CG-D.
St. Edmond, who was celebrating 5 seniors on Senior Evening, performed sturdy at first of Recreation 1, combating for a 6-6 draw. The Wildcats then had a 12-1 run to take an 18-7 lead.
"We hit effectively from anyplace on the court docket," McDaniel stated. "We’re additionally balanced and everybody can hit the ball. ”
Clark led the Wildcats with 10 murders and 12 excavations as effectively.
Jori Hajek had eight murders and Varangkounh added six. Carlie Thompson was the excavation chief with 24. Hajek was 18 and Denny McDaniel added 14 and had 33 assists in Gael's noisy and full health club.
"It's at all times a loud place to play," McDaniel stated. "It was nice to have the ability to expertise this environment whereas getting ready for the postseason. ”
It was a distinct story in Recreation 2, because the Wildcats misplaced 1-Zero, however constructed a 20-Three lead earlier than closing the door.
"They’re an excellent staff," stated St. Edmond's assistant coach Josephine Alstott, who was changing head coach Dee Huss who was at a funeral. "We performed with them within the third recreation and we began to place our belief in movement. ”
Josie Huss had 27 hits and 6 murders, whereas Cambrie McBride had 16 and three murders. Isabel Woodhouse had eight hits.
In Recreation Three, Humboldt constructed a 10-7 lead and the Gaels had been decreased to 2 at one level within the recreation. Humboldt had a 6-Zero lead (18-10). St. Edmond closed the sport with a 7-2 run.
Older folks Maggie Conrad, Milena Naughton, McBride, Woodhouse and Huss performed their final house video games for the Gaels.
"These 5 older adults have meant loads to this staff," Alstott stated. "Josie and Cambrie have been stable leaders, capable of finding many performs. Isabell has been stable.
"Milena and Maggie have produced leaving the bench."
St. Edmond freshmen misplaced 21-1 and 21-7. The junior faculty staff misplaced 9-21 and 5-15 within the first and third video games, whereas successful Recreation 2 21-9.
The Gaels return to motion on Saturday after they take part within the Hampton-Dumont event.
Humboldt will play within the Mason Metropolis event on Saturday. The remaining NCC Wildcats recreation is in Webster Metropolis. The cowgirls will journey to Algona.