No. 2 Orabs sweep Midgettes
Class 2A No. 8 Sheldon showed why the Orabs were picked by many coaches to finish second in the Lakes Conference behind perennial power and top-ranked Western Christian.
Sheldon featured a number of top hitters as well as sophomore jump-server Alex Bart who gave Estherville Lincoln Central fits on Thursday.
The Midgettes were able to play with the Orabs for about the first half of each match, but each time the visitors pulled away for the 3-0 win by scores of 25-13, 25-13, 25-15.
“At the beginning we played agressively, but the longer the rallies, the more success Sheldon had,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “The better teams pull away at around the 12-point mark and that’s what they did.”
However, ELC also had room for improvement.
“We didn’t pass as well as we did Tuesday (against LeMars) and their serves got to us,” he said.
ELC jumped out to a 3-0 lead which included a Sheldon hitting error, an ace serve by Kaylene Vos and Kelsie McCauley pushing the ball to an open corner.
The Orabs came right back and a block gave the visitors their first lead at 5-4.
Sheldon took an 8-5 lead when ELC came back with a kill each from Caitlyn Swisher and Hannah Beernink followed by two Orab hitting errors for a 9-8 Midgette lead.
Sheldon responeded with four straight points and ended the first game with six straight points which included three aces by Bart.
The Orabs jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in game two, but ELC came up with a rally and closed the gap to two on an ace serve by Swisher at 8-6.
The Midgettes had few highlights except for a pair of late kills from Beernink.
ELC again stayed close in the first half of game three. Taylor Larson found an open space down the line as ELC trailed 7-5.
ELC had the lead to 12-11 on an ace by Kelsie McCauley, but still trailed by two after an ace serve from Alex Olesen at 15-13.
The Orabs again closed the match out quickly ending with a 10-2 run.
Beernink led the ELC attack with four kills along with four blocks. Larson had three kills and McCauley had two.
Vos had nine set assists and was 8-of-8 at the service line.
Swisher was 7-of-7 serving with one ace.
Maggie Asman had a team high seven digs and Taylar Jacobson had six.
ELC returns to action next Tuesday at Emmetsburg.
ELC junior varsity
The ELC JV lost 2-0 to Sheldon by scores of 21-8 and 21-14.