STORM LAKE - While Estherville Lincoln Central hasn't fared well in Lakes Conference play this season, the Midgets defeated four conference teams while winning the Storm Lake Volleyball Tournament on Saturday.
The Midgets went 5-0 and defeated Spirit Lake twice to avenge an earlier season loss.
"Saturday was a fun day for us," said ELC coach Tyler Johnson. "We got to play some teams that we wanted to get another shot at, and we did a really good job of completing matches against them. We played smart volleyball for the most part, and want to build on this success and work towards regionals.
The Estherville Lincoln Central Volleyball Team members show their medals after winning the Storm?Lake Tournament on Saturday. Front from left are head coach Tyler Johnson, Allie Sievert, Kristen King, Paige Guge, Casey Sievert; back row: Joslynn Moore, Katie Gruhlke, Megan Jensen, Alicia Jorgenson, Lauren Moeller, Tayler Bodle and assistant coach RaLeah Held.
"It was a sweet way to end out the regular season for our seniors, and was a great team effort by the whole group," he continued. "The girls were excited to finish out strong, especially against a rival in the finals.
The Midgets avenged a loss to Cherokee to start the day, 21-17, 18-21, 15-11 and then swept Emmetsburg 21-18, 21-8. ELC then defeated Spirit Lake 25-19, 25-22.
In the semifinal, ELC defeated Storm Lake 11-21, 21-18, 15-4 and then defeated Spirit Lake in the final, 19-21, 21-16, 15-10.
Allie Sievert led the attack for the day with 29 kills along with 12 blocks. She also was 41-of-44 serving with four aces.
Casey Sievert had 22 kills and 46 set assists while Paige Guge pounded out 27 kills.
Megan Jensen finished with 12 kills, 34 set assists and went 43-of-44 serving with five aces.
Kristen King had 38 digs on the day while Tayler Bodle contributed seven blocks and Alicia Jorgenson had five blocks.
Also, Katie Gruhlke was 20-of-23 with four aces.
ELC (19-10 overall, 2-5 in the Lakes Conference) opens Class 3A Regional Volleyball play at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 in Algona against the Bulldogs.