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Indians take down Midgettes in four

By Staff | Sep 30, 2009

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Kelsie McCauley, above, skies for one of her team-high 15 kills during Tuesday’s match in Spirit Lake. EDN photos by Matt Heinrichs

SPIRIT LAKE – Other than a 22-6 lead to kick off the first game, Tuesday night’s contest between Estherville Lincoln Central and Spirit Lake was a seesaw battle throughout.

However, the Indians ended up getting the better of the Midgettes, winning the match 3-1.

A year ago, ELC’s lone Lakes Conference win was against the Indians.

On Tuesday, after the Indians took the opening game with a 25-13 victory, ELC rallied in game two.

A thunderous kill by Kelsie McCauley closed out the second game in dramatic fashion, giving ELC a 25-23 win.

Libero Caila Jones digs up a hit for the Indians.

“I thought we played how we are capable of playing in that second game,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “Besides that game, we never really got anything going.”

ELC struggled to hold onto momentum in game three as Spirit Lake jumped out to an 7-1 lead.

The Midgettes twice closed the gap on the Indians, tying the game at 9-9 and 18-18. The teams then exchanged leads, but Spirit Lake pulled off its second win, 25-23.

Although they kept the score close, a multitude of missed opportunities in game four did the Midgettes in as Spirit Lake took the win by a score of 25-18.

The week long lay-off between games may have had an adverse effect on the Midgettes’ play.

“I don’t know if the week off hurt us, but it didn’t help,” said Johnson. “The third game we had a little bit of a let down. But that fourth game we lost ball control completely. We need to find some consistency.”

ELC was led by Kelsie McCauley with 15 kills.

Allie Sievert had seven kills and Maggie Haugen added four kills for the Midgettes.

ELC will play host to a tournament Saturday. Play begins at 9 a.m.