Class 3A Regional Volleyball Indians have Midgets’ number
SPIRIT LAKE – Estherville Lincoln Central gave everything it could, but the Midgets couldn’t overcome a tough Spirit Lake team in the first round of Class 3A Volleyball Regional play on Wednesday.
The Indians rallied from a deficit to win the first game 25-22, dominated the second set 25-14 and held off an ELC rally in the third set to win 25-22 and advance in postseason play.
It was the sixth meeting of the season between the two rivals and ELC one just one of 15 games against Spirit Lake.
“I felt like the girls were prepared and ready to play,” said ELC co-coach Kieja Evans. “Spirit Lake is a great team this year, but we had shown in the last week that we can play with them.
“We talked about playing with ultimate trust in each other. We have really focused on that recently and I saw huge improvements on that here at the end of the season. It feels good when the players come up to you and say they understand what that feels like now and they feel it.”
ELC led much of the first game, with the biggest lead at 15-11.
But Spirit Lake kept chipping at the lead and tied the match at 21-21.
ELC took the lead after one of Molly Diekmann’s six kills on the night at 22-21, but after an ELC service error, two kills by Spirit Lake’s Macy Smith, the Indians had a 24-22 lead. An ELC error gave the hosts the first game.
After an early 4-2 lead by ELC in the second game, the remainder was all Spirit Lake. The Indians rallied for a 10-5 lead and ELC could not get any closer as the Indians pulled away for the win.
ELC got off to a good start in the third game, taking a 10-5 lead after kills by Lindsey Jensen and Brianna Fix.
But Spirit Lake scored eight straight points to take the lead for good.
ELC kept battling and trailed by two, 23-21, after a kill and ace serve from Rylee Miller. Spirit Lake was then called for being in the net as ELC cut the deficit to one, 23-22.
However, two kills by the Indians again closed out the game and the match.
Diekmann and Miller each had six kills to lead ELC while Jensen had three. Kendall Evans finished with 20 set assists.
Defensively, Woelber had 23 digs, Jensen had 18, Diekmann had 10 and Evans had nine.
ELC finished 52-of-59 serving with eight aces, led by Diekmann with three and Evans with two.
Spirit Lake’s at a three-pronged attack led by Emma Loveall with 12 kills, Smith with 11 and Grace Grommesh with 10.
ELC wraps up the season with a 19-15 record overall. “We had to say goodbye to three great seniors in the locker room that night,” said coach Evans. “They are all such great girls, and I’m certain they will have a lot of success in their future years.”