Midgets storm past Tornadoes
Estherville Lincoln Central dominated Storm Lake in game one of Thursday’s volleyball match, but the Midgets needed four games for their second Lakes Conference victory of the season.
“I felt we played tough to start, but gradually our energy level fell,” said ELC co-coach Jean Jensen. “We don’t communicate as well when we’re tired and we will address that in practice. We did come back and finished well.”
ELC opened the first game with a 14-8 lead and ended with an 11-2 run to win 25-10.
The Midgets fell behind 13-8 in the second game, but rallied with six straight points to retake the lead, which included kills by Lindsey Jensen, Rylee Miller and Molly Diekmann. Those six points were part of a 17-7 run to win game two 25-20.
In the third game, ELC had an early 10-7 lead with Storm Lake battling back. The Tornadoes biggest lead was seven points, 22-15. ELC battled back within a point to 23-22, but Storm Lake scored the final two points to win 25-22.
ELC took the lead early in game four and after a 6-6 tie, never relinquished it, but Storm Lake cut the lead to one point at 17-16 before ELC pulled out the 25-20 win.
“Molly Diekmann had a great night serve receiving the ball for her team,” said ELC co-coach Keija Evans. “She took the majority of serves for us tonight and they were spot on. Her digging was just as affective. She has switched from a left back to middle back position and has done an amazing job in the back row the last few games.”
ELC served 93 percent as a team with nine aces. Lindsey Jensen was 19-of-21 with four aces. Kendall Evans finished with 32 set assists. Diekmann had 47 digs while Jensen had 33.
Vanessa Woelber led the ELC attack with 10 kills while Lambert had eight and Diekmann and Miller each had seven.
ELC (6-9 overall, 2-3 in the Lakes Conference) is at Spencer next Tuesday.
In freshmen play, ELC defeated Storm Lake 25-14, 25-9.
The ELC junior varsity won 20-25, 25-9, 15-11.