A Better day for ELC
After coming so close to picking up wins in previous matches, earning two victories at the home tournament on Saturday was a relief for the Estherville Lincoln Central volleyball team.
The Midgettes, who had just one win prior to the weekend tournament, posted a 2-3 record and played eventual tournament champion Humboldt down to the wire in the semifinals.
“Our team chemistry was better because more kids were playing and they were getting excited for each other,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson.
The Midgettes got off to a very quick start to the day taking a big early lead in game one against Storm Lake. The Tornadoes came back through and ELC had to hang on for a 21-19 victory. Storm Lake took that momentum into the next two games and, combined with Midgette hitting errors, won the next two games with relative ease, 21-13 and 15-5.
“Storm Lake did hit the ball that well, but we beat our selves,” said Johnson.
ELC turned its fortunes around, playing inter-Emmet County rival Armstrong-Ringsted, who was the Midgettes only other win this season.
ELC had to work for even that victory winning 23-21 and 22-20.
“I started subbing kids in to generate some offense and some stepped up like Maggie Asman and Alex Olesen,” said Johnson. “Against A-R, Macy Milburn had some big kills that fired us up.”
For the tournament, Kelsie McCauley led the way with 25 kills while Asman had 11 and Olesen had 10.
Kaylene Vos had 58 set assists.
Serving, Anna Bruns had eight aces and Taylor Larson was 26-of-27 with three aces-11 serves came in the first game of ELC’s 21-5, 21-11 victory over Sioux City West.
Defensively, Larson had 23 digs on the day.
ELC (3-11) returns to Lakes Conference action tonight at home against Class 2A No. Western Christian.