The Gehlen Catholic volleyball team continued their unbeaten run in the War Eagle Conference with a convincing straight-set home win over MMCRU on Thursday night.
It is homecoming week for the Jays, and they had the opportunity to celebrate senior night this week leading to a lot of big things on their mind. Gehlen Catholic head coach Dan Goebel says the team came out with the right level of energy that brought their play to the next step.
MMCRU was playing their second match of the week after a five-set loss to West Sioux. Gehlen Catholic hit them with some strong serves that Royal head coach Heather Youde says just kept her team from getting into their offense.
For coach Goebel, it was nice to see the serving come around in the game. He says his team has sometimes been a little shaky with the quality of their serves on any given night.
The match was all Gehlen with set wins of 25-8 and 25-5 in the first and third sets respectively. Coach Goebel says the Jays were doing a lot of good things in the win.
MMCRU’s big momentum came right away to start the second set. The Royals came out and punched Gehlen in the mouth with a 6-1 lead to start that set. Gehlen would go on to win the set 25-17, but Coach Youde says they improved their serve receive in the set.
MMCRU now sits at 6-13 overall and 2-6 in the War Eagle Conference. The Royals finish the regular season with contests against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and tenth-ranked Remsen St. Mary’s. Coach Youde wants the team to find that drive to play more aggressively to finish the season.
Gehlen Catholic upped their conference record to 8-0 and 11-12 overall. The War Eagle Conference title will be on the line in Hinton on Tuesday night. Coach Goebel wants his team, win or lose, to play to their full potential against the rest of their opponents this season.
Aurora Goebel became the sixth Jay since 2006 to record 500 kills in a career with her 11 kills on the night. You can hear comments from Goebel and her dad coach Goebel by clicking here.