The Estherville Lincoln Central volleyball team received its first field test Tuesday against a senior-dominated Sioux Central team.
The visiting Rebels' experience showed as they made fewer mistakes as they won 25-12, 25-12, 25-12.
ELC coach Carly Marx, who took over the team this season, said her squad still has some work to do.
ELC seniors Alicia Jorgenson and Lauren Moeller lead the Midgets into the 2013 season.
Photo by David Swartz
"Most of them are playing a new defense and new positions," said Marx. "They're doing the right things-they just need to settle down and follow through with the motions."
ELC jumped out to an early 5-3 lead in the first game, but Sioux Central put together a few runs before winning.
"We lost that first game by 13, but we had 15 errors," Marx noted.
ELC never led in the second game with their best run coming early in the game as they won a long rally, got an ace serve from Megan Jensen followed by a hitting error by the Rebels. That got ELC within four at 10-6. But Sioux Central went on a 6-0 run and cruise to the victory.
ELC had its best stretch of the night to start the third game. Two ace serves by Joslyn Moore were followed by a pair of big kills from Jensen. Caitlyn Clayton followed with an ace serve and a Rebel hitting error gave ELC a 6-1 lead.
But the Rebels rallied. They took a 10-9 lead and then went on a 7-0 run and cruised to the victory as ELC was unable to mount a comeback.
For ELC Moore had eight set assists and was 7-of-9 serving with three aces. Jensen finished with five kills while Alicia Jorgenson had two and Rylee Miller had one. Lauren Moeller had the lone block for ELC.
Also from the serving line, Clayton was 8-for-8 with an ace, Jensen was 6-for-7 with an ace and Jorgenson was 4-5 with an ace.
ELC (0-1) travels to Algona next Tuesday to face Bishop Garrigan.