In the Pink
Casey Sievert’s cross-court kill on match point gave Estherville Lincoln Central its first Lakes Conference win of the season and the second in coach Tyler Johnson’s two years as head coach.
“This is big for us to get a conference win this early in the season,” said Johnson. “Last year, we didn’t win in the conference until the last game of the season. This gives us some momentum.”
After falling in five games to Spencer on Tuesday, ELC took the first two game against Emmetsburg somewhat easily. But the Midgettes struggled in game three as the E’Hawks led most of the way.
ELC tied the game at 13, 15, 17 and 19 before taking the lead for good on an ace serve by Kaylene Vos at 20-19.
A kill by Alyssa Johnson gave ELC up two points, but then Vos had a service error after a timeout. A call went ELC’s way on the next point and a block by Allie Sievert put ELC up 3-20.
Emmetsburg came back and got back within one after a sideout and ace serve. But Allie Sievert got a kill in the middle and then sister Casey hit one from the right side to end the match.
ELC had a balanced attack most of the night, but were still led by senior Kelsie McCauley, who had 12 kills, seven digs and four ace serves.
Johnson had eight kills and two blocks while Maggie Haugen had seven kills and eight digs. Allie Sievert contributed five kills and a team-high four blocks along with three ace serves.
Vos had 25 set assists and three blocks.
Sadie Winter led the back-row defense with 10 digs.
In game one, ELC jumped out to a 16-8 lead before Emmetsburg rallied with five straight points.
At 16-13, a long rally went ELC’s way when Vos won a battle at the net. While that didn’t seem to change the momentum, ELC kept its four-to-seven point lead before winning 25-20 on an Emmetsburg service error.
In the middle of game two, ELC was clicking on all cylinders. While Emmetsburg occasionally got a side out, a kill by Haugen started a string of five straight kills by ELC including one by Sievert, two by McCauley and another by Haugen. McCauley followed with another block and and then a kill for a 15-8 ELC lead.
Again Emmetsburg strung a few points together, getting as close as 18-14, but the E’Hawks committed several errors in the row and the game ended on a kill by Johnson for the 25-18 win.
“Our passing was off a little in the first game on the free balls, but once we got those, we got the quick-set going,” said Johnson. “This is also the second night this week that Kelsie has been nearly unstoppable.”
ELC (4-5, 1-1) travels to Hull to take on Western Christian next Tuesday.