ELC a few points short in 2008 season opener
Following Estherville Lincoln Central’s 3-0 loss to Bishop Garrigan in the season opener on Tuesday, first-year coach Tyler Johnson summed up his team’s play with a word, “Inconsistent.”
“In the second game, we tied them four or five times and each time, we missed the next serve,” he said.
If ELC had managed to get a lead of more than a point, the outcome could’ve been different.
“The first couple games, we had trouble recognizing where their best hitter was,” said Johnson. “By the third game, she wasn’t as effective, partially because I think Taylor Larson figured out the angle she was hitting.”
Johnson took partial responsibility for the inconsistency as he tried various rotations and players in each game.
“I’m still searching for the best rotation,” he said.
Service errors proved key to start the match. ELC had four errors in the first 10 points, but trailed only 10-7.
The Midgettes rallied late in the first game, taking advantage of a few Garrigan errors and tied the game at 18-18 on an service ace by Caitlyn Swisher.
ELC again tied the game at 20-20 after a Larson kill and a Garrigan error, but Garrigan pulled away with game point on a block of Kelsey McCauley and ended the match on a kill by Christina Richter.
ELC held a brief 2-1 lead early in the second game, which seesawed until the Golden Bears scored four straight points to lead 11-7.
Johnson called a time out and ELC responded with five straight points which included an ace serve by Larson, a block by Vos and a kill from McCauley.
Garrigan retook the lead, but never by more than two points until breaking a 20-20 tie again and going on to win with an ace serve, 25-22.
The Golden Bears took an 18-12 lead in the third game. ELC rallied, cutting the lead to two helped by an ace serve from Taylar Jacobson and three kills from Larson to make it 20-18, but the Bears were able to close out the match winning the final game 25-21.
“Our serve receiving was good,” said Johnson. “When we got it to the setter, we got a good swing.”
McCauley led ELC with eight kills and Hannah Beernink had five. Larson had 30 digs and Swisher had 28.
In junior varsity play, ELC lost 2-0 by scores of 25-14 and 25-19.
In freshman play, ELC lost 2-1 by scores of 21-25, 25-22 and 15-11.
ELC returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 11 at home with Armstrong-Ringsted.