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Midgets struggle at home tourney

ELC goes 0-4 on Saturday

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Oct 4, 2020

ELC senior libero Adelle Reinhardt digs up a ball during play against North Union on Thursday. Photo by David Swartz

Estherville Lincoln Central had a tough day Saturday, going 0-4 at its home volleyball tournament.

ELC led in its opening game against Harris-Lake Park, but the Wolves rallied to win 21-17. ELC came back to win the second game 21-16, but H-LP took the final game 15-12, in the best-of-three series.

ELC then lost 2-1 to rival Spirit Lake, with the Indians taking the first, 21-17 and ELC the second, 21-18 with Spirit Lake closing out with a 15-9 win in the third game.

ELC was then swept, 21-17, 21-14 by Okoboji, and 21-14, 21-16 by Emmetsburg.

For the tournament, Maddie Norton led the ELC attack with 13 kills while Maggie White had 10 and Kya Thiel, Alivia Danner and Brenna Evans each had seven. Kendyl Ruschy had 43 set assists.

Serving, Danner was 29-of-29 with two aces on the day while Ruschy was 29-of-30 with four aces, and Thiel was 23-of-25 with an ace.

Defensively, libero Adelee Reinhardt had 34 digs and Ruschy had 23.

ELC (9-19 overall) is scheduled to travel to Graettinger on Tuesday, but the Titans had pulled out of the ELC Tournament. The Midgets are home against Spirit Lake on Thursday.

ELC sweeps

North Union

LastThursday, Estherville Lincoln Central defeated North Union for the second time this season, sweeping the Warriors 3-0 by scores of 25-19, 25-13, and 25-17.

The Midgets won a previous meeting at the Algona Tournament 2-1.

In Thursday’s rematch, the Midgets never trailed. ELC finished with 26 kills led by Maddie Norton with 14 while Alivia Danner had five, Kya Thiel and Madison Valen each had three, and Brenna Evans had one. Kendyl Ruschy had 21 set assists.

Defensively, Norton had 132 digs, Danner had six and Thiel, Ruschy, and Adelee Reinhardt each had five. Thiel and Valen each had two blocks.

Serving, ELC finished 68-of-71 with nine aces. Thiel was 17-of-18 with three aces and Ruschy was 16-of-17 with three aces.

The Warriors finished with 18 kills led by Anna Longhenry with 10. Lily Henderson had nine set assists and Libby Stevens had six.

Defensively, Carys Fuller and Longhenry each had three digs. Shayla Reese had five blocks, Abby Dietering had three, and Sam Nielsen had two.

The Warriors were 38-of-43 serving with three aces. Stevens was 13-of-15 with an ace and Henderson was 9-of-9 with an ace.

North Union (3-12) hosts Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on Tuesday.