SPIRIT LAKE - Estherville Lincoln Central had its chances to win the Spirit Lake Tournament on Saturday, but when the dust settled, the Midgets were one of four teams to post a 3-2 record on the day.
Sibley-Ocheyedan won by tournament by tiebreaker. North Union and Harris-Lake Park also posted 3-2 records while Spirit Lake was 2-3 and Okoboji was 1-4.
ELC defeated Harris-Lake Park by scores of 21-10, 18-21, 15-11 to start the day. The Midgets then lost 2-1 to Okoboji 18-21, 21-18, 15-11. ELC swept North Union 21-18, 25-23, but then lost 21-13, 21-7 to Sibley-Ocheyedan before ending the day with a 21-16, 21-17 win over Spirit Lake.
ELC’s Casey Sievert scores a point for the Midgets against Harris-Lake Park in the deciding Game 3 against the Wolves at the Spirit Lake Tournament on Saturday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
"We played very well in our first game of the day, but leveled out a little after that," said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. "We had a chance to control our own destiny after beating Okoboji in set 1 of the second match, but couldn't take advantage of a 17-12 lead in set 2 and ended up giving up a 9-1 run to finish out that set, then struggled and lost in the third set.
"We came back and won our next match in two, but lost focus after that and didn't play well at all against an improved Sibley- Ocheyedan squad," he continued.
Johnson said his team played well in stretches, but needs to become more consistent.
"We were capable of beating every team there, we just didn't get it done today," he said. "In a tournament like this you have to control your own destiny when you can, and we put ourselves in position to be at the mercy of the tiebreaker system.
"We did end the day with a win and a winning record, and hopefully started to find a bit of a playing rhythm, which is hard to do at the beginning of the season with so much time off between weekday matches," he concluded.
ELC (5-3 overall) host Storm Lake this evening. The volleyball team is hosting its Pink Out Night, an event to raise money to fight breast cancer.
Editor's note: The ELC junior varsity defeated North Union 25-23, 25-18 last Thursday.
The ELC freshmen lost 25-8, 25-15.