ELC plays better in loss to Storm Lake
STORM LAKE – Estherville Lincoln Central challenged Storm Lake from start to finish, coming up jus short against the Tornadoes in a 3-2 loss on Tuesday.
The Midgettes’ play was an improvement from this past weekend’s tournament in Buffalo Center. ELC coach Tyler Johnson commended the improvement.
“Overall we were able to play more aggressively and we didn’t have as many silly mistakes,” said Johnson. “Storm Lake’s currently in a three-way tie for third in the conference, so this is one of top-tier teams. Now we just have to figure how to be consistent and play at that level.”
One major aspect that showed came at the night.
“We made a slight adjustment in our blocking and blocked as well as we have all year,” the coach said. “that’s what’ve I’ve been waiting for. I think the girls figured out how to set up.”
ELC dropped the first two games 25-23, 25-16 before coming back to win the next two 25-23, 30-28. Storm Lake took control in the fifth game, winning 15-4.
“We got some passing and the offense started flowing,” said Johnson. “We also didn’t miss as many serves.”
ELC’s top four hitters combined for 48 kills led by Kelsie McCauley who had 22 to go along with three ace serves.
Allie Sievert had 11 kills while Alyssa Johnson had eight and Maggie Haugen had seven.
Senior setter Kaylene Vos led the blocking with seven stops at the net.
ELC (8-13, 2-5) returns to Storm Lake on Saturday for the Tornadoes’ Tournament. The Midgettes begin postseason play at 7 p.m. next Tuesday at Emmetsburg.