Tigers nip Midgettes
Estherville Lincoln Central had its chances to put Spencer away and start the Lakes Conference schedule with a victory on Tuesday.
After taking a 2-1 lead after dropping the first game, ELC led 19-16 in the fourth game.
The Tigers put together five straight points and although ELC tied the game at 22, 23 and 24, Spencer pulled out the 26-24 win to send the match to a fifth game.
This time, ELC had to rally and took a 14-13 lead on a rolling hit by Kelsie McCauley. But Spencer tied the game at 14, ELC had a miscommunication on the next point and an ace serve by the Tigers ended the 25-17, 19-25, 15-25, 26-24, 16-14 match.
ELC coach Tyler Johnson said his team played well offensively except the first game when the passing wasn’t there.
“The next couple games we passed better and were rolling,” he said. “But we’ve got to finish this in the fourth game and not go to the fifth.”
ELC actually led the first game 16-15 when Spencer put together nine straight points.
In the second game, ELC broke a 17-17 tie and put together six straight points including kills from Alyssa Johnson and Kelsie McCauley along with an ace serve from Allie Sievert.
Johnson gave ELC game point on a quick set from Kaylene Vos and Kelsie McCauley set one down to tie the match at 1-1.
ELC broke away from led 14-12 in the third game and everything was working on a 10-1 run to lead 24-13. After a couple Spencer points, Sievert ended a match with the kill.
McCauley led ELC with 19 kills, 12 digs and five ace services.
Seivert had eight kills. Vos had 61 set assists and seven blocks. Libero Sadie Winter had 23 digs and Ashley Weston contributed six ace serves.
ELC hosts Emmetsburg for Parent’s Night on Thursday.