SPIRIT LAKE - After winning 25-14 in the first game, Estherville Lincoln Central couldn't keep up the pace against rival Spirit Lake on Thursday. Although the Midgets made it tough, the Indians rallied to win the next three games 25-19, 25-22 and 25-21 to end a four-match losing skid.
ELC battled after the early first game. In the second game, the two teams were tied at 19-19 when Spirit Lake rattled off the final six points.
The Indians jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third game. ELC tied the game at 7-7, but the hosts went on another run and led by as many as eight. ELC rallied within one, 23-22, late in the game on an ace serve by Katie Gruhlke and a Spirit Lake hitting error. But The Indians closed out the game with a pair of kills.
With the ELC bench watching, Joslyn Moore (16) sets up her teammate as Alicia Jorgenson (5) prepares to go on the attack against Spirit Lake on Thursday.
Photo by David Swartz
ELC fell behind again in the third game before rallying behind some strong hitting by Megan Jensen. But after taking advantage of some Spirit Lake errors at 19-19 and 20-20, the Midgets committed too many errors of their own with the Indians ending the match with block.
Jensen led ELC with 11 kills and 25 digs. Caitlyn Clayton finished with seven kills and 10 digs. Joslyn Moore had 21 set assists, 12 digs and four ace serves. Alicia Jorgenson and Lauren Moeller each had a block. Jordan Phillips contributed 11 digs.
ELC (5-14 overall) travels to the North Iowa Tournament in Buffalo Center today.
The Midgets are home against LeMars on Tuesday.
Spirit Lake (11-11) is at Storm Lake on Tuesday.