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ELC starts slow, but sweeps GTRA

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Oct 7, 2020

Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Kate Sorenson (15) prepares to set up a teammate while Estherville Lincoln Central defenders Kya Thiel (5) and Adelee Reinhardt prepare for the return during Tuesday’s match in Graettinger. Photo by David Swartz

GRAETTINGER — After a slow start in the first game, Estherville Lincoln Central came up with a late rally and ended up sweeping host Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire in a non-conference volleyball matchup.

The Titans played well early, building a 17-10 lead in the opening game.

However, ELC quickly closed the gap and after tying the game at 20-20, the Midgets scored five of the final seven points to pull out the 25-22 victory.

In the second game, ELC jumped out to an 8-2 lead and maintained their lead on the way to a 25-18 win.

The final game was all ELC, as the Midgets left with a 25-11 win.

” I thought we played well tonight,” said ELC coach Jean Jensen. “we started out a little slow, but then came around. Maggie White had a good night with six kills and in serving. I think she is a good communicator and a hard worker on the court.”

Maddie Norton led the ELC attack with eight kills while White had six, Alivia Danner had four and Kya Thiel and Brenna Evans each had two.

Kendyl Ruschy had 21 set assists.

Serving, Ruschy was 15-of-15 with three aces, Thiel was 18-of-19 with five aces, Danner was 6-of-6, Adelle Reinhardt was 5-of-5 with one ace, White was 17-o-f19 with four aces and Norton was 7-of-9 with an ace.

Reinhardt led the back-row defense with 13 digs while Thiel had a block and Ruschy and Evans each had a block assist.

“Adelee Reinhardt had a great night of passing,” said coach Jensen. “She did a great job of moving her feet and getting to the ball.”

ELC (10-19 overall) hosts Spirit Lake today. The Midgets travel to the North Iowa Tournament in Buffalo Center this Saturday.

GT/RA (0-17 overall) goes on the road to play Alta-Aurelia today.

In junior varsity play, ELC defeated GTRA 17-21, 21-14, 15-13 and the ELC freshman lost 24-22, 21-9.