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ELC netters take second at tourney

Woelber, Swanson each have 17 kills

September 9, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

SPIRIT LAKE - Estherville Lincoln Central's volleyball team posted a 4-2 record and finished second at the Spirit Lake Tournament on Saturday.

ELC started the day with a 21-19, 21-15 win against Okoboji, then lost to Sheldon 21-16, 21-12 before bouncing back to beat Sibley-Ocheyedan 21-7, 21-17 in pool play.

"Overall I was very happy with how we played," said ELC coach Jean Jensen. "Dania Ponce Diaz who is one of our starting outside hitters sprained her ankle the last 10 minutes of practice Friday so was not able to play at all Sat. The first games against Okoboji and Sheldon we tried out a totally new rotation so that is a hard thing to do without a practice. I thought the girls really adjusted well with the different rotation and played their hardest."

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The top two teams from each pool advanced to the gold bracket.

ELC avenged the loss to Sheldon with a 22-20, 21-18 win, but then lost to Spirit Lake 21-15, 21-14 before ending the day with a 21-14, 21-17 win over North Union.

"I was super happy how we came back and beat Sheldon the second time we played them," said coach Jensen. "Sheldon is a very good team with some great hitters. We switched back to a 6-2 and the girls fought back for a win. Spirit Lake is also a very great team that has a huge height advantage on us. I thought we did a great job hitting around their block and going up and blocking their attacks. We also did a good job of zone serving them, which put them out of system a little more frequently. I thought Sydney Swanson had a great day and Kallie Dalen and Sam Norton came in to help fill Dania's shoes and did a good job with that. Overall, the girls played really well and it was a great team effort."

Sydney Swanson and Vanessa Woelber led ELC with 17 kills on the day followed by Lindsey Jensen with 16, Sam Norton with 12, Kallie Dalen with 11 and Kendall Evans with nine.

"I thought the tournament went really well over all," said Swanson. "At times our communication would drop off and we would struggle a little but then we would get back to communicating really well. We had to play without our starting outside hitter and I felt we adapted very well. I thought we did a better job of actually hitting the ball and not just sending over free balls."

Brianna Fix had 46 set assists, Evans had 33 and Dalen had six.

"I can really tell that we have improved a lot already this year from last year," said Fix. "I feel like the team really works well together and we are going to have a lot of fun and a great season."

Defensively, Lindsey Jensen had 41 digs, Swanson had 37, Woelber had 32, Evans had 21, Fix and Mya Gjerde each had 19, Norton had 10 and Dalen had seven.

ELC (6-3 overall) travels to Cherokee on Tuesday. The Midgets then host Western Christian on Thursday.



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