Midgets down E’Hawks in four
Diekmann leads attack with 12 kills
By David Swartz
Estherville Lincoln Central netters didn’t make it easy, but the Midgets finished strong in the fourth game to defeat Emmetsburg 3-1 in Lakes Conference action on Thursday.
In a double dual with Western Christian, neither ELC nor Emmetsburg had much success against Class 2A’s No. 1 team. The Wolfpack dispatched both 3-0.
ELC’s scores against Western Christian were 25-11, 25-12, and 25-5. Emmetsburg didn’t fare much better in losing 25-10, 25-13, 25-6.
Against Western Christian, Molly Diekmann was 6-of-6 serving and had 22 digs. Lindsey Jensen had 28 digs.
Vanessa Woelber led ELC’s offense with five kills while Kendall Evans had 14 set assists.
In the nightcap between ELC and Emmetsburg, the E’Hawks jumped out to an early 7-1 lead. When ELC finally got the ball back, Diekmann was at the service line and served up four straight aces to get the score within one, trailing 8-7. Two Emmetsburg hitting errors gave ELC the lead at 9-8. Emmetsburg bounced back with four straight points, but ELC put together an 8-0 run that included three kills from Rachel Lambert and two kills and a block from Vanessa Woelber.
ELC stretched its lead to 24-16 before the E’Hawks put together a late rally before Woelber ended the match with one of her 11 kills in the match at 25-22.
The second game followed a similar scenario with Emmetsburg jumping out to a 10-3 lead. ELC kept battling and took advantage of E’Hawk errors and finally tied the game at 18-18. Three straight kills by Rylee Miller gave ELC the lead for good at 21-19. Game point came on an E’Hawk miscue as ELC won 25-23.
Again in the third game, Emmetsburg started fast, jumping out to a 7-1 lead.
ELC didn’t take the lead until 12-11 and still led by just one at 20-19. But three straight blocks by the E’Hawks helped them take the late lead as they wrapped up the game with a 5-1 run to win 25-21.
In the final game, ELC found a little more rhythm than the E’Hawks and stretched a 9-7 lead into 15-8 and 18-11. ELC didn’t let the E’Hawks back in this match, winning 25-18.
Diekmann led the ELC attack with 21 kills. Evans finished with 14 set assists. Defensively, Jensen had 51 digs and Diekmann had 41. Sydney Swanson finished 13-of-13 serving.
ELC (5-9 overall, 1-2 in the Lakes Conference) is at Cherokee on Tuesday.
Correction: The ELC Junior Varsity defeated Emmetsburg on Monday. Thursday’s edition said they lost.