The Gehlen Catholic volleyball team survived a five-set battle with Akron-Westfield to improve to 4-0 in the War Eagle Conference on Tuesday night.
The Westerners and Jays were in a battle of swings all night. The Jays won the first set, Akron-Westfield the second, Gehlen the third, the Westerners the fourth, and, finally, Gehlen Catholic took the fifth. Gehlen Catholic head coach Dan Goebel says he was proud of his team’s ability to fight through the long match.
The trend lately for the Jays has featured some incredible serving nights. In their previous match with South O’Brien, the Jays recorded 15 service aces. In this matchup, Gehlen recorded 12 aces to help push them past the Westerners. Coach Goebel says, if his team keeps serving like this, they can really throw off opposing teams.
Rysaiah Sitzmann recorded an offensive double-double in the win notching 13 kills and 22 assists. Coach Goebel says her ability to catch a defense off guard is very valuable.
As the Jays head into the middle of the season with the CYO Tournament and the rest of the conference schedule, Coach Goebel says he likes the togetherness of the team but needs the little mistakes cleaned up.
Gehlen Catholic is now 4-7 overall and 4-0 in the War Eagle Conference with the win. Akron-Westfield dropped to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play with the loss.