Estherville Lincoln Central had a good start against Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian on Tuesday.
However, the Midgettes didn’t maintain their intensity in the final two games as the Wolfpack earned a 25-12, 25-4, 25-9 sweep.
“In the second game we had a letdown and didn’t come out with any energy,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “We passed well, but we didn’t close our blocks very well. Our defense is set up with those blocks in mind. If they’re not there, a team like Western Christian is going to take advantage.”
ELC trailed by only a handful of points early in game one thanks to good hits by Hannah Beernink and Kelsie McCauley and an ace serve by Taylar Jacobson.
The Western Christian lead was only five, 16-11, after a tip by Kaylene Vos found an open space in the Wolfpack defense.
However, the visitors went on an 11-1 run to close out the game.
Game two was all Western Christian. Three of ELC’s four points came on Wolfpack errors with the fourth coming on an ace jump serve by McCauley.
ELC played a little better in the final game, scoring four straight points on blocks by Beernink and Maggie Haugen along with a couple of Wolfpack errors to cut a 12-3 deficit to 12-7.
Western Christian again reasserted its authority, ending with a 13-2 run.
“When we played with energy and were aggressive, we played with them for a few points,” said Johnson.
For the match, Beernink had three kills and three blocks. McCauley had two kills and Vos had seven set assists.
Serving, Taylar Jacobson, Vos and McCauley each had one ace.
In the back row, Taylor Larson had 10 digs and Anna Bruns had seven.
ELC (3-12) is at Storm Lake on Thursday.
The ELC junior varsity volleyball team lost 21-9, 21-5.
The ELC freshmen team lost 21-4, 21-15, 21-6.