Home sweet home
The Estherville Lincoln Central volleyball team won its pool at the home tournament Saturday, but the Midgettes were unable to get out of the first round of tournament play against a good Humboldt Team.
ELC ended the day with a 3-2 record.
“Overall this was an important weekend for us,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “We obviously want to compete well in our home tournament and winning our pool helped us do that, as well as adding a couple of match wins to our overall record.”
The day didn’t start well for the Midgettes.
“We started where we left off earlier in the week, having a hard time putting the ball away and struggling in longer rallies,” said Johnson, whose team started the day with a 2-1 loss to Graettinger/Terril.
The Knights won 20-22, 22-20, 15-11.
“We picked it up after that and did a much better job of playing all the way around,” said Johnson. “We were able to find some offense for the rest of pool play, as we did a much better job of passing and allowing the other team to make the mistakes, which allowed us to win our pool.”
ELC downed Laurens-Marathon 21-15, 21-14 and then took care of Sioux City West, 21-10, 21-14.
As the top team in their pool, the Midgets took on Humboldt, rated 14th in Class 3A.
The Wildcats had a strong serving game in the first set and swept ELC 25-7, 25-16.
“We got beat by an experienced and ranked Humboldt team in the semifinals that had some very tough servers,” said Johnson. “We weren’t quite mentally prepared to play a team of their caliber, and our bad passing snowballed into a variety of fairly silly mistakes, but we did a much better job of competing in the second game.”
For the tournament, Kelsie McCauley led ELC with 22 kills including nine in the loss to Graettinger/Terril and six in the win over Sioux City West.
Maggie Haugen had 15 kills and Alyssa Johnson had 13.
Kaylene Vos had 60 set assists on the day. Sadie Winter led the defense with 18 digs.
ELC has two home matches this week. LeMars comes to town today and Cherokee arrives Thursday.