Estherville Lincoln Central may have defeated Spirit Lake easily earlier this season, but on Tuesday, the Indians had all the momentum.
Bringing a pep bus full of students, Spirit Lake swept the Midgets 25-16, 25-16, 25-21.
"Most of our passes and sets went to the 10-foot line," said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. "We have hitters that can be strong and we have a height advantage against most teams. But that advantage is taken away when we're setting that far back."
ELC’s Casey Sievert (6) pounds the ball through the block of Spirit Lake’s Joie Veldman (13) and Paige Krause (10) during Tuesday’s match in Estherville.
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC led 7-6 early in the first game when the Indians went on a 5-0 run.
ELC never recovered as Spirit Lake pulled away and won the first game, blocking Allie Sievert's attack attempt.
Spirit Lake jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second game and never trailed.
The Midgets' best game of the night came in the third game.
ELC broke a 6-6 tie with six straight points-three of the points were kills by Casey Sievert along with a block by Alicia Jorgenson and an ace serve by Paige Guge.
But Spirit Lake kept chipping at the lead, tying the game at 16-16 on a kill an ELC hitting error and taking the lead on a kill by Kendra Stokke.
ELC retook the lead at 18-17 after a kill then an ace serve by Allie Sievert.
But Spirit Lake scored the next three points.
ELC's last point came on an ace serve by Guge as the Midgets trailed 23-21.
But a kill by stoke and a hitting error by the Midgets ended the match.
Casey Sievert led ELC with seven kills while Guge, Allie Sievert and Megan Jensen each had four.
Casey Sievert had 10 set assists while Jensen had eight.
Defensively, Allie Sievert had nine digs and Guge had five. Allie Sievert and Jorgenson each had one block.
Allie Sievert had three aces serves and Guge had two. ELC had six total.
The Indians finished with 10 ace serves led by Bailey Newman with three.
Bailey Loveall had 10 kills while Stoke had eight. Paige Krause finished with 26 set assists.
Alissa Christoffer had 19 digs while Stokke had eight.
Stokke, Loveall, Joie Veldman and Kayla Herrig each had two blocks.
ELC (10-8 overall, 2-3 in the Lakes Conference) travels to LeMars on Thursday.
Spirit Lake (12-12 overall, 2-2 in the Lakes Conference) travels to Storm Lake on Thursday.
In junior varsity play, ELC lost 17-25, 25-15, 18-16.
The ELC freshman team lost 21-9, 21-14.