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Midgets knock down Tornadoes

Strong serving key in victory

September 19, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Except for a little lapse at the end of the first game, Estherville Lincoln Central had little trouble against Storm Lake in Lakes Conference Volleyball action on Tuesday. One big key for the Midgets was 18 ace serves, as the Tornadoes struggle to set up their offense.

In the first game, the Midgets pulled away from a 6-5 lead with a 9-0 run behind the serving of Kallie Dalen, as ELC took a 15-5 lead.

Storm Lake made some plays and took advantage of some ELC errors and closed the gap to 24-20 before a serve error gave ELC a 25-20 win.

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ELC made a similar run in the second game, breaking a 5-5 tie behind the serving of Sydney Swanson, as ELC again pushed out to a 15-5 advantage. This time, the Midgets kept the pedal down and ended the match with a pair of aces by Vanessa Woelber for a 25-10 victory.

Storm Lake wasn't ready to go home to start the third set, battling toe-to-toe for the first half. However after being tied at 11-11, ELC ended the match on a 14-2 run to win 25-13.

Dalen led ELC's serving, going 21-of-22 with four aces while Swanson was 12-of-13 with six aces. Kendall Evans was 12-of-13 with one ace. For the match, ELC was 66-of-73.

"I thought Kallie played a great game," said ELC coach Jean Jensen. "She had a very nice, hard serve that was hard for Storm Lake to receive."

Meanwhile, Storm Lake missed 10 servers on the night, going 34-of-44. While the Tornadoes had 17 kills, they also had 21 hitting errors.

Lindsey Jensen and Dania Ponce Diaz led ELC's attack with four kills apiece. ELC had 20 kills on the night and Evans had 12 set assists.

Defensively, Jensen had five digs and Vanessa Woelber each had four.

"All the girls played with a lot of enthusiasm and effort," said coach Jensen.

ELC (7-5 overall, 1-2 in the Lakes Conference) travels to Spencer (2-17) today (Thursday).

Also Tuesday, the ELC?freshmen defeated Storm Lake 26-24, 25-18 and the junior varsity won 25-12, 25-17, 15-7.



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