Midgettes ‘pass’ Mustangs
ARMSTRONG – Volleyball is all about the first pass.
For Estherville Lincoln Central, better passing helped the Midgettes win their first victory of the season with a 3-0 win over Armstrong-Ringsted on Thursday.
“That was the big difference tonight. We got the ball to Kaylene (Vos) and were able to get some quick sets,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “Then that helped open up the outside.”
A-R coach Sandy Tigges said her team didn’t pass as well.
“We didn’t come to play,” she said. “It wasn’t what we saw from the other night (a 3-0 win over Ruthven-Ayrshire) or even last Saturday (at the St. Edmond’s Tournament in Fort Dodge).”
The Mustangs jumped out to an early 7-3 lead in game one until ELC got a side out and then Kelsey McCauley jump-served six straight points to give the visitors a 10-7 lead.
The Midgettes never trailed the rest of the game with a kill by Maggie Haugen and an ace serve from Allie Sievert getting ELC to game point. A-R was called for a lift on the final point of the 25-19 ELC win.
ELC jumped out to a 10-1 lead in game two which included a quick set and a block from Alyssa Johnson and a pair of kills each from McCauley and Sievert.
A-R got as close as 12-6 helped by a pair of ace serves from Brianne Gonzales, but ELC kept the pressure on.
ELC scored its final three points on a kill from Casey Sievert followed by a kill and then an ace serve from McCauley in the 25-12 win.
Many matches between A-R and ELC over the past few yearshave gone more than three games over the past few years and it appeared the Mustangs had pulled things together in the third game.
The two teams seesawed back and forth and A-R had a chance to win after taking a 24-23 lead, but Haugen came up with a kill and ELC took the lead when A-R was in the net on the next play.
The Mustangs tied the game at 25-25 when one final kill from Haugen and then an A-R hitting error ended the game, 27-25.
McCauley led ELC with 13 kills, eight ace serves-seven in the first game-and seven digs.
Haugen had eight kills and Johnson and Allie Sievert each had five. Johnson also had three blocks.
Vos had 20 set assists.
Megan Sanders led A-R with five kills and Gonzales had a team-high 10 digs. Harley Lindell had the lone block for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs had 10 set assists on the night led by Taylor Grabinoski with four.
Gonzales and Grabinoski each were perfect in 10 serves while Carrie Sorensen and Annie Collins each had eight good serves. Gonzales had a team-high four aces.
A-R (2-5) travels to Sioux Rapids to take on Sioux Central on Monday.
ELC (1-2) is at the Spirit Lake Tournament on Saturday.