FORT DODGE - Athleticism and power were two components that the South Hamilton volleyball team trailed in here last night as its season came to an end in a Class 2A Region 4 quarterfinal.
Fort Dodge St. Edmond (11-16) utilized its foot speed to track down wayward balls and received 13 kills from attacker Hannah Lentsch to bounce the Hawks from the postseason in three sets, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22.
The Gaels led throughout the three sets, as South Hamilton (8-17) was never able to put the hosts on the defensive.
"They were just very athletic and I thought they did a really nice job with an out of system ball and keeping it alive," South Hamilton head coach Cindy Holmes said. "There were a lot of points that could have gone either way, but we never put the heat on them to see how they would play from behind."
Skylar Berdaus sprinted all over the court for 19 digs, and she also laced six kills for St. Edmond, which advanced to Friday's semifinal round in Woodward against No. 8-ranked Woodward-Granger (29-3) - a 3-0 winner over Madrid in another quarterfinal last night.
Eliana Lowry blasted six kills, Tiffany Jacobson batted down five and Alyssa Hegland had four to lead South Hamilton. Jacobson also collected five blocks; Lowry and Savana Stangeland both chipped in four.
Kills - SH: Eliana Lowry 6, Sarah Rudy 2, Savana Stangeland 3, Alyssa Hegland 4, Tiffany Jacobson 5.
Blocks - SH: Lowry 4, Stangeland 4, Jacobson 5, Rachael Drake 3.
Digs - SH: Rudy 2, Shea VanLangen 6, Hannah Pulis 12, Hegland 2, Molly Minich 3.
Assists - SH: Mackenzie Busch 5, Minich 9.
Serving - SH: Rudy 12-12, 1 ace; Busch 6-6; Pulis 8-8; Hegland 16-16; Maggie Peters 8-10, 1 ace; Minich 8-8, 1 ace.
Setters Molly Minich and Mackenzie Busch threw up nine and five assists, respectively.
Libero Hannah Pulis had 12 digs and Shea VanLangen added six in her final match.
VanLangen and fellow seniors Lowry, Sarah Rudy, Brittany Butler and Maggie Peters helped to provide a memorable first season on the sideline for Holmes, the coach said. More importantly, she feels they laid the foundation for future success.
"I was just really wanting (the seniors) to experience a little more success, but they left a legacy in their own way," Holmes said. "They established the attitude and the approach that we want to take."