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Class 3A Regional Volleyball – Spirit Lake ends ELC’s season

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Oct 22, 2020

Above, ELC senior setter Kendyl Ruschy sets up her teammates as Piper Quastad and Brenna Evans prepare to go on the attack in Monday’s Class 3A Regional game in Spirit Lake.

SPIRIT LAKE — Spirit Lake was simply more efficient this time around in Monday’s Class 3A Region first-round game against Estherville Lincoln Central.

The Midgets, who had swept the Indians 11 days earlier on Oct. 8, couldn’t get the offense flowing. Meanwhile, Spirit Lake mixed up its offense and had nearly twice as many kills, 33-17, in sweeping the ELC by scores of 25-13, 25-19, and 25-18.

Monday’s meeting was the fourth meeting between the rivals. Spirit Lake had won 2-0 at the Algona Tournament early in the season and then defeated ELC 2-1 at the Midgets tournament.

ELC struggled getting the first pass in the opening set as Spirit Lake cruised. The next two matches were closer, but ELC couldn’t put a key run together.

“We struggled with our serve receive against Spirit Lake so it made it hard to get an attack on the ball,” said ELC coach Jean Jensen. “I did feel like all the girls played hard until the end. On the last ball of the night, we had four girls diving for the ball so they never gave up.”

Maddie Norton led the ELC attack with seven kills while Maggie White had four, Piper Quastad had three, Brenna Evans had two and Kya Thiel had one. Kendyl Ruschy had 13 set assists and Gabrielle Paul had three.

Defensively, Adelee Reinhardt had six digs.

Serving, ELC was 44-of-51 with Thiel going 12-of-13 with an ace. Maggie White was 7-of-8 with an ace, Paul was 5-of-5, Quastad was 3-off 3, Ruschy was 6-of-7, Norton was 5-of-6, and Alivia Danner and Reinhardt each were 3-of-4.

Brooke Smith led Spirit Lake’s attack with 12 kills while Mackenzie Kauffman had eight.

ELC finishes the season with a 13-23 record overall.

“I want to thank our seven seniors that we had out this year–Brenna Evans, Carly Grange, Madison Mack, Adelee Reinhardt, Kendyl Ruschy, Maddysen Wheatley, and Maggie White,” said coach Jensen. “They all showed great leadership and had very good attitude all year. Some of the seniors did not see much playing time at all and still kept a great team attitude. They practiced every day for their team and that is a very hard job. It takes a lot of character to do this and I am very proud of those girls. All seven girls will be missed and we only wish them the best.”