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Spirit Lake Tournament: An up and down day

By Staff | Sep 15, 2009

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Allie Sievert (18) finds a hole in the Okoboji block during play against the Pioneers at the Spriit Lake Tournament on Saturday. Although ELC defeated Okoboji 2-1 in pool play, the Pioneers went on to win the tournament. Find more photos at cu.esthervilledailynews.com. EDN photo by David Swartz

SPIRIT LAKE – Maybe the Estherville Lincoln Central volleyball team just plays better in the morning.

The Midgettes opened the Spirit Lake Tournament on Saturday by beating Harris-Lake Park 2-0 and then defeating Okoboji 2-1.

“I was very happy with the way we played in our first two matches,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “We really passed the ball well and our offense worked together well. Our second match against Okoboji was big for us, because we came back from getting beat 5-21 in the first game to win the next two. Hopefully that shows us what we are capable of, we just need a little consistency.”

ELC ended pool play with a 2-1 loss to Sibley-Ocheyedan and then lost 2-0 to North Sentral Kossuth in the tournament semifinal.

“I was disappointed in our effort against North Sentral Kossuth,” said Johnson. “We had an opportunity to win the tournament with a win in that match, and we played completely disinterested volleyball and were not very competitive.”

Sadie Winter (21) digs up a hit during play Saturday.

Kelsie McCauley led ELC’s attack with 21 kills on the day including nine versus Harris-Lake Park. She also had a team-high 22 digs and eight ace serves, including game point in the 19-17 game three win over Okoboji.

Maggie Haugen had 10 kills with four each against Harris-Lake Park and Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Allie Sievert had nine kills with five of them coming against Okoboji. She also was 11-of-11 serving against H-LP with two aces.

Alyssa Johnson had seven kills along with seven blocks.

ELC had its best blocking effort against the Generals with 14. Kaylene Voss and Allie Sievert each had four while Johnson and Casey Sievert each had three.

Serving on he day, Ashley Weston was 20-of-20 with five aces.

Sadie Winter contributed 18 digs and Kaylene Vos had 48 assists on the day.

ELC (3-4) opens Lakes Conference play today as Spencer comes to Estherville.