Let’s get ready to rumble!
EMMETSBURG – The Estherville Lincoln Central Midgettes came out of the corner swinging on Tuesday when they faced Emmetsburg in the first round of Class 2A Regional volleyball action.
The team fed off the energy of the visiting Midget crowd and pounced on the E’Hawks from the onset. Kaylene Vos got things going with two consecutive ace serves. Following a kill and two consecutive ace serves by Kelsie McCauley, the Midgettes took a 6-2 lead. ELC did not let off and looked to land a knockout blow.
While staggered, Emmetsburg fought back but it was too little too late as ELC took the opening game by a score of 25-16.
“We got off to a great start in the opening game,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “The girls were ready to play and once we took that lead we kept it.”
It looked to be more of the same in the second game as the Midgettes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. However, Emmetsburg did not back down from ELC’s aggressive attack and made a run of their own. They finally landed a punch and the Midgettes knees buckled as the E’Hawks took a 10-6 lead.
The Midgettes were shaken, but would not throw in the towel as they would eventually come back to tie the game at 15-15.
However, Emmetsburg made another run stretching their lead to 24-21. With their backs against the ropes, ELC put together a dazzling array, connecting on five straight points to close out game two with an amazing comeback victory, 26-24.
“Emmetsburg dug the ball extremely well in that second game,” said Johnson. “I knew they would be ready to play and they made it difficult for us.”
ELC rode the momentum from the game two victory to a 25-21 win in the third and final stanza.
Johnson thought the key to the Midgettes victory was their improved passing.
“When we pass well we play pretty well,” he said.
The Midgettes were led by McCauley with 12 kills. She was followed by Maggie Haugen with eight.
Casey Sievert and Kaylene Vos each had three blocks for ELC.
Vos also had four ace serves on the night.
ELC (12-15) will play Pocahantas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer (9-16) next Tuesday in Emmetsburg. Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer won 3-2 over Britt-West Hancock on Tuesday.