EMMETSBURG - It may have taken an extra game, but Estherville Lincoln Central took care of Emmetsburg 3-1 in Lakes Conference play on Tuesday.
The Midgets won by scores of 25-16, 25-17, 25-27 and 25-15.
"We played with more confidences tonight," said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. "But sometimes after we win those first two games, we let up just a little bit. We had a lot of hitting and serving errors in that third game."
Estherville Lincoln Central libero Kristen King digs up a short serve against Emmetsburg on Tuesday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC did have 23 ace serves on the night. The Midgets began separating from the E'Hawks at 14-12. That's when Allie Sievert came up with a kill and a pair of ace serves. Emmetsburg rallied back with the next three points, but ELC went on a 6-0 run which included two kills by Paige Guge, two ace serves by Megan Jensen and two hitting errors by the E'Hawks that made the score 23-15.
After an ELC hitting error, Guge and Sievert closed out the match with consecutive kills.
Emmetsburg jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to start the second game and ELC didn't take its first lead until an ace serve by Casey Sievert at 11-10.
ELC began to separate when Allie Sievert served three street aces for a 17-13 lead. Moments later, Jensen served three straight as ELC took a 21-14 lead.
After two ELC hitting errors and an Emmetsburg ace serve, ELC rattled off the final four points ending on an ace serve by Guge and a kill by Casey Sievert.
Game three had a couple of runs by both teams. ELC led 9-7 when the E'Hawks went a 7-1 run that included three or four hitting errors by the Midgets.
ELC rallied with a 6-1 run to take the lead on a kill by Jensen at 16-15.
The game seesawed the rest of the way with Emmetsburg having its first game point at 24-23, but kills by Allie Sievert and Guge gave the Midgets a 25-24 lead.
But Guge then hit the next ball out of bounds and Emmetsburg scored the next two points, the last coming on another ELC error to send the match to the fourth game.
The Midgets refocused at rattled off the first six points of the fourth game, which included three ace serves by Casey Sievert.
Emmetsburg rallied to within 13-9, but committed too many hitting errors as ELC pulled away again.
Allie Sievert ended the match with her seventh ace serve of the night. Jensen had six ace serves and Casey Sievert had five.
Casey Sievert had 14 kills and 25 set assists. Guge had 13 kills and Allie Sievert had 12. Megan Jensen had 20 assists.
Allie Sievert had three blocks and Taylor Bodle had two.
ELC (7-5 overall) hosts its tournament Saturday.
In junior varsity play, ELC won 24-26, 25-15, 15-3 over Emmetsburg. The ELC freshman won 25-22, 25-14.