It's all about the serve.
After missing five serves in the first game, Estherville Lincoln Central cleaned up its act to sweep Storm Lake 25-23, 25-14, 25-19 on Tuesday.
A sea of pink filled the stands as the Midgets' hosted their Pink Out Night also-an event to raise funds to fight breast cancer.
What’s with all the pink? The Estherville Lincoln Central Volleyball Team held its “Pink Out” night on Tuesday, an event to raise money to fight breast cancer. Many players, coaches and fans decked out in the ‘girlish’ color. Above, Casey Sievert sets up her teammates as Megan Jensen (5) and Alicia Jorgenson (right) prepare to the attack. Watching the action from the bench are head coach Tyler Johnson and Joslynn Moore (16).
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first game, which included a pair of ace serves from Katie Gruhlke. However, the Tornadoes rattled off the next six points.
A see saw battle ensued with Storm lake taking its biggest lead at 18-6.
ELC didn't take the lead for good until two Storm Lake errors gave ELC a 23-21 lead.
Paige Guge followed with an ace serve followed by a service error which made it 24-22.
The Midgets then committed a hitting error as Storm lake got within one, but then the Tornadoes had a miss-hit to give ELC the win.
"We made a lot of mistakes in that first game," said ELC coach Tyler Johnson said. "After that, their confidence waned. Also our ball control was better which led to better hits."
In the second game, ELC again jumped out to a big lead, scoring the first seven points.
This time the Midgets were able to stretch their advantage. Three straight kills by Allie Sievert at one point gave ELC a 19-9 edge.
After a kill by Storm Lake's Emily Johnson made it 23-14, the Tornadoes followed with a service error and a hitting error to hand ELC the win.
The Midgets jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third game, but like the first game, Storm Lake rallied off six straight points to take the lead.
But once ELC got the lead back on an ace serve by Gruhlke at 8-7, the Midgets never trailed again.
After ELC stretched the lead to 16-9, Storm Lake had another mini-rally to get back within two, 16-15.
But a block by Alicia Jorgenson followed by a Storm Lake error allowed ELC to build a four-point lead, 18-14.
This time, ELC closed the match strong with kills by Sievert and Guge to make it 24-18. A kill by Storm Lake's Johnson was their final point. ELC's Megan Jensen finished the match with a cross-court smack from the right side through the Tornado block.
Allie Sievert led ELC's attack with nine kills while sister Casey Sievert finished with eight and Guge had six. Gruhlke and Guge each had three ace serves
Defensively, Allie Sievert had four blocks, Guge had eight digs and Kristen King had six digs.
Casey Sievert had 11 set assists and Jensen had eight assists.
ELC (6-3 overall, 1-0 in the Lakes Conference) travels to Spencer next Tuesday.
In junior varsity play, ELC lost 21-16, 21-19. The ELC freshman team lost 19-21, 21-14, 15-13.