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EMMETSBURG – Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy Palmer made it interesting no doubt, but the Estherville Lincoln Central Midgettes had too much firepower for the Maidens, winning the match 3-1.
The Midgettes came out of the gates sloppy in the first game, yet managed to keep the score close. The teams battled back and forth, but a serve error by ELC’s Jessica Phillips gave the Maidens a 1-0 advantage following their 25-23 win.
After battling to a tie score at 10-10 in game two, the Midgettes finally started firing on all cylinders. Led by an aggressive middle attack, ELC went on a 9-0 run that took the wind right out of the Maidens sails. The Midgettes took a 25-15 win following a powerful kill by Allie Sievert.
“The biggest thing was we got our middle attack going,” said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. “Pocahontas is athletic, but they’re small compared to our middles. Once we got the quick-set going they couldn’t stop it.”
The Midgettes rode the momentum from their dominating game two victory to a 16-6 lead in the third game. The team then seemed to put it into cruise control and the Maidens took advantage by closing the gap to 22-19.
Following an ELC timeout, the Midgettes closed out the game with an Alyssa Johnson kill making the score 25-21.
The Maidens made two terrific runs in the fourth game and looked to have momentum as they closed the gap to 22-21. A Maggie Haugen kill, an ace by Allie Sievert and another clutch kill by Johnson gave ELC the 3-1 match victory.
“[The Maidens] came up with little runs, but we were able to finish out situations when we needed to,” said Johnson.
The Midgettes were led by Kelsie McCauley with 17 kills. She was followed by Allie Sievert with 14 and Alyssa Johnson with 10.
Ashley Weston had four ace serves to lead ELC. McCauley added three of her own.
Kaylene Vos totalled 47 assists for ELC and Johnson led the team with seven blocks.
The Midgettes will travel to Algona to face Lake Mills in the semi-final round of 2A regional play Friday. The match starts at 7 p.m.