LEMARS – The Estherville Lincoln Central volleyball team has shown flashes of good play at times.
Although the Midgettes had only played six matches heading into first Lakes Conference play, they still gave LeMars plenty of trouble.
The Bulldogs prevailed though with a 25-22, 227-25, 25-22 victory on Tuesday.
“We had a chances in both the last two games,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “We had 21-16 leads in each and they made runs to tie it at 21-21.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect after a week and a half off against a 12-2 LeMars team,” he said.
ELC was led by Kelsie McCauley, who had five kills and was 15-of-17 serving with one ace.
Caitlyn Swisher had two kills.
Kaylene Vos was 13-of-15 serving with an ace and had 12 set assists.
Johnson said ELC didn’t have many chances for blocks or digs as the Bulldogs rolled or hit off-speed shots.
However, he said Taylar Jacobson probably had a dozen digs.
“We’re at the part of the schedule now where every team is better and better,” said Johnson.
The Midgettes return home to host Sheldon on Thursday. The Orabs are expected to finish second in the Lakes Conference behind perennial power Western Christian.
In junior varsity play Tuesday, ELC lost 2-0 to LeMars by scores of 25-18, 25-21.
The ELC freshman team lost 2-1 by scores of 25-17, 7-25, 16-14.