EMMETSBURG – Volleyball at any level of play is a game of momentum. When one team can’t hold onto it, the opposition is sure to take advantage.
As Estherville Lincoln Central took on Emmetsburg on Tuesday, neither team seemed able to hang on to the momentum as the match went to five games.
The host E’Hawks took advantage of a few Midgette errors in the deciding game to pull out the 3-2 win-23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 24-26 and 15-12.
“I thought going in if one team didn’t win in three, it’d go five games,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson.
The Midgettes started well to take the first game.
“I thought that would get us over the hump. But then we had a slow start in the second game and the momentum gave them games two and three,” Johnson said.
In the fourth game, a call that went against ELC and questioned by Johnson fired up his team.
“We were up 20-10 and then we took our foot off the gas peddle and barely won,” he said. “All the momentum we gained in the first half of the fourth game was shot.”
When it came down to the fifth game, the two teams played evenly until Johnson said the Midgettes made a couple mental mistakes.
“We have to find a way to get the momentum and keep it,” he said. “There was one point in the second game, where we got in a rotation where we just couldn’t put the ball away. If we could’ve done that, the match might have gone the other direction.”
Individually, the coach said Hannah Beernink started the game hitting the ball well and she ended the match with nine kills.
“After that, the two Taylors (Taylor Larson and Taylar Jacobson) played very good defense,” he said. “In the latter part of the match, Kelsie McCauley played really well.”
McCauley ended the game with a team-high 16 kills.
Larson had 11 digs and Jacobson had 10.
Kaylene Vos had 37 set assists.
In junior varsity play, ELC lost 21-17, 21-15.
In freshman action, ELC won 2-1 by scores of 21-13, 15-21, 15-11.
ELC travels to Cherokee on Thursday.