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Braves sweep Midgets

Cherokee able to keep ELC off balance

September 12, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

CHEROKEE - The Lakes Conference is about as tough as any this year on the volleyball circuit.

Estherville Lincoln Central's experienced squad went on the road against Cherokee and Friday and the Braves defended their home court with a sweep by scores of 25-15, 25-19, 25-16.

"I thought we did a great job of zone serving and did a good job of digging," said ELC senior Vanessa Woelber.

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"Cherokee had some really good hitters and a ran a lot of different sets," said junior Dania Ponce Diaz. "That makes it very hard to defend. We needed to do a better job of blocking and adjusting to their hits."

Unofficially, Lindsey Jensen led ELC with seven kills while Sydney Swanson had three. Kendall Evans had 15 set assists and also a team-high 10 digs. Swanson had eight digs. The Midgets missed one serve in the match led by Evans, who was 13-of-13.

"We needed to do a better job of passing last night," said ELC coach Jean Jensen on Wednesday. "It's hard to get good attacks when we are out of system all the time. Cherokee did a great job of running a lot of different hits. We need to do a better job of reading through the net and be a lot quicker getting to our block."

ELC (6-3 overall, 0-1 in the Lakes Conference) hosts Class 2A No. 5 Western Christian on Thursday for the first home match of the season.

In other action Tuesday, the ELC freshman lost 2-1 by scores of 25-14, 23-25, 15-6.

The ELC Junior Varsity lost 25-18, 25-15 to Cherokee.

Last Saturday at the Spirit Lake Tournament, the ELC JV went 1-3. ELC lost 8-21, 21-19, 15-7 to Spirit Lake and 24-22, 21-17 to North Union before defeating Sibley-Ocheyedan 21-18, 21-11. ELC then lost 21-9, 21-5 to Sheldon.



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