Midgettes place second at North Iowa Tournament
BUFFALO CENTER – The Estherville Lincoln Central volleyball team picked up two more wins at the North Iowa Tournament on Saturday and took second overall.
“All in all it was a good day for us,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “We finished second and were able to come home with some hardware, which I think we really needed for our confidence. We learned a little more about ourselves and the emotion that we need to play with in order to be successful.”
The Midgettes opened with a 2-0 loss to Newman Catholic and then beat West Bend-Mallard 2-0 in pool play.
“We started the day slowly on Saturday, and struggled to get going in the first game,” said Johnson. “We played much better in the second, and had a lead of 20-16, but had some uncontrollable situations go against us (bad calls).”
“We did a much better job in the second match against West Bend-Mallard We served very tough and were able to gain some momentum off of ace serves.”
The Midgettes had eight ace serves against the Wolverines.
In the tournament semifinals, ELC beat host North Iowa 2-1.
“In the semifinals we did a much better job again of gaining momentum and keeping it,” said Johnson. “We had a little lull in the second game, but played very well again in the third. Alex Oleson and Kelsie McCauley did a great job of both keeping the ball under control and getting some important kills.
ELC met the Wolverines again in tournament finals, but this time lost 2-0 to West Bend-Mallard.
“As we expended a lot of energy in that three-game match, we struggled a little in the finals,” said Johnson. “We had fast starts to both games and built strong early leads, but were unable to ride our momentum from the previous match much past the nine-point mark. We got caught in a couple rotations that we had a hard time getting out of, and they were able to take advantage of that. Also, our overall hitting percentage decreased and we committed a few more errors.
For the day, Hannah Beernink had seven kills while Caitlyn Swisher and Alex Olesen each had five kills.
Kelsie McCauley had three kills.
Kaylene Vos had 47 set assists for the tournament.
Serving, Anna Bruns was 21-22 with four aces. McCauley had nine aces with four coming in the first match with West Bend-Mallard.
Also Taylor Larson had four ace serves.
Defensively, McCauley had four blocks and Swisher had three. Larson led the team with 10 digs.
ELC (5-15) hosts Spencer today.