Bulldogs play St. Edmond close, but drop first NCC match

Ana Westhoff of Hampton-Dumont reaches for a dig against St. Edmond last week. The Bulldogs fell to 0-2, 0-1 in the NCC with the four-set loss. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

HAMPTON – Hampton-Dumont second-year coach Kelli Showalter knows her team is close to turning the corner, but the Bulldogs were still seeking their first match win of the season after a 3-1 loss to Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Thursday, Aug. 30.

And H-D (0-2, 0-1) had to rally in the first set of the match from an 8-2 and then 9-3 deficit to take one from the Gaels as they fell, 24-26, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22.

Still trailing by six at 18-12 in the opener, Ana Westhoff went on a serving run of nine straight serves that forced two St. Edmond timeouts before H-D got its first lead at 20-18 and held on despite the Gaels coming back to take a 22-21 lead. During that stretch, Courtney Miller put down three of her match-high 17 kills.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” Showalter said...

The full story appears in the Sept. 5 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.