Spencer 25-25-25, ELC 12-13-17: One and done
SPENCER – Estherville Lincoln Central didn’t bring its ‘A’ game to Spencer as the Tigers swept the Midgettes 3-0 in the first round of Class 3A Region play on Monday.
“I knew we could play with Spencer, but for whatever reason, we couldn’t do it tonight,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson.
The Tigers jumped out to an 18-9 lead in game one and cruised to a 25-12 victory ending on an ace serve.
The Tigers still had the momentum in game two, taking an 8-1 lead and pulling away to win by a dozen, 25-13.
“We could not put the ball away tonight and we didn’t play with any emotion,” said Johnson.
ELC finally started well in the third game, holding a 2-0 lead after a kill by Hannah Beernink and 3-1 after a kill by Taylor Larson.
“I thought our passing got better as the match went on, but we had no fire power,” said Johnson. “During a rally, we’d give them (Spencer) a free ball and they’d put it down.”
The Tigers came back to tie the match and took a 12-10 lead, but two hitting errors tied the game at 12-12 again and an ace serve by Caitlyn Swisher gave the Midgettes a one point lead.
That didn’t last.
The Tigers responded with a 7-0 run and although ELC put together a small run, it came too late as Spencer went on to win 25-17 to end the Midgettes’ season.
Johnson completes his first year as head coach and will lose 10 seniors to graduation.
“The kids played hard all year and I’d like to think that they learned a little about volleyball,” he said. “I see a lot of games where a point here or there and we could’ve been 4-4 in the conference instead of 1-7.”
The seniors suiting up for their final match on Monday were Caitlyn Swisher, Taylar Jacobson, Hannah Beernink, Anna Bruns, Alex Olesen, Megan Woods, Taylor Larson, Maggie Asman, Macy Milburn and Kelsey Shatto.
“They did a good job of accepting their roles on the team and they worked hard in practice,” said Johnson. “From day one, they came into camp wanting to improve.”