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Serve’s up

By Staff | Sep 12, 2008

Caitlyn Swisher had eight services aces in ELC’s win over A-R.

After more than a week without a match, the Estherville Lincoln Central volleyball team showed improvement in earning its first win over cross-county rival Armstrong-Ringsted.

A strong finish in the first game, followed by strong serving from Caitlyn Swisher in game two and solid play in the third game led to a 3-0 win by scores of 25-23, 25-16 and 25-19.

“It was nice to get the win. We needed it to gain some confidence,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson.

The coach said he was a little concerned in game one when ELC held a 22-17 lead and A-R cut the deficit to two.

The Midgets held on though.

ELC’s Kelsey Shatto (19) shoots for an open spot in the Mustang defense during the first game of Thursday’s Emmet County matchup.

“We played a little looser tonight,” he said. “In the second and third games, we also did a better job of handling the free balls.”

For the Mustangs, coach Sandy Tigges’ team still has a few things to work on.

“The worst enemy is themselves,” she said of her players. “They just need to get a little confidence.”

The first game started slowly with ELC holding a one-point lead at 10-9.

The Midgets pulled ahead with a 6-1 run which included two kills by Kelsie McCauley and a pair of hitting errors by A-R.

Tess Christiansen passes to a teamate.

A kill by Taylar Jacobson gave ELC a 16-10 lead.

ELC took its biggest lead of game one when McCauley scored three straight points on a kill and two ace serves for a 20-13 advantage.

A-R slowly began a comeback and cut the deficit to 21-17 on an ace serve by Amy Leach.

A few hitting errors by ELC allowed the Mustangs back in the game.

A-R tied the match at 23-23, but after a timeout by Johnson, the Midgettes closed out the game on kills by Kelsey Shatto and Taylor Larson. Shatto had six of her team-high eight kills in the first game.

In the second game, Swisher tied the game at 3-3 with a kill then went back to the service line where she served 12 straight points including five aces that gave ELC a 15-3 advantage.

The Mustangs got as close as 24-15 on an ace by Brianne Gonzales, but ELC closed out the match on a kill by Hannah Beernink.

A-R jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third game, helped by a couple net calls against ELC and poor passing by the Midgettes.

The Midgettes rallied to tie the game at 6-6 which included two kills by Swisher.

A kill by Swisher at 8-7 followed by another by Shatto gave ELC the lead for good.

A-R kept the game within three to five points most of the game.

However after cutting the deficit to two at 21-19 on an ace serve by Gonzales, ELC rattled off the final four points on a kill by Larson, a block by Kaylene Vos and Beernink and two ace serves by Swisher.

Swisher was 17-for-19 serving with eight aces. She also had five kills and two blocks.

McCauley had five kills while Vos at 27 set assists and five blocks.

Taylor Larson led the back-row defense with eight digs.

ELC had 17 ace serves on the night.

“Overall we served much better,” said Johnson.

Sanders led A-R with five kills and Gonzales had three.

A-R (2-4) hosts Sioux Central on Monday.

ELC (1-1) travels to the Spirit Lake Tournament on Saturday.