The Estherville Lincoln Central Volleyball Team celebrated Homecoming Week with its second victory of 2013 and the first home win on Thursday.
The Midgets won an intense opening game that was tied at every point from 20 to 29 before Caitlyn Clayton pushed the all to n open spot or point 30 and then Spencer couldn't get the ball over in three hits as ELC won 31-29.
That gave ELC the confidence for the next two games, which they won 25-18 and 25-18.
Estherville Lincoln Central players celebrate their three-set win over Spencer on Thursday. From left are Lauren Moeller (14), Megan Jensen (8), Katie Gruhlke, Caitlyn Clayton, Joslyn Moore (16) and Alicia Jorgenson (5).
Photo by David Swartz
ELC coach Carly Marx said she was still nervous after the first game because the Midgets were "exhausted with emotion."
"But it helped build confidence for us the rest of the way," she said.
Moving junior Caitlyn Clayton from middle hitter to the outside also has helped the team in winning two matches this week.
Marx said Clayton and fellow junior Megan Jensen have a friendly competition to see who can get more kills.
Jensen had the better night with 16 kills to just five for Clayton-but the team win was much more important.
After winning the first game, ELC and Spencer stayed close. ELC led by three at 18-15 after a kill by Clayton. An ace serve by Clayton, one of three for her on the night, gave ELC a 22-17 lead and then Spencer was called for four hits as ELC scored point 23. A kill by Jensen gave ELC game point. After a sideout to the Tigers, a block by Jensen gave ELC the second game.
Spencer jumped out to a 3-0 lead and a 6-3 lead in the second game, but ELC battled back after each deficit. Clayton had a pair of kills in a 5-0 run to get the lead to 19-12.
ELC pushed the lead to 22-12 when the Tigers made a late 5-0 run. But a service error by the Tigers and an ace serve by Alicia Jorgenson got ELC to game point at 24-17. An exchange of points ended the match.
Jorgenson finished the night with four ace serves while Joslyn More had two. Jensen and Jordan Phillips each had one ace serve. Moore had four blocks while Lauren Moeller had three, Rylee Miller had 2.5 and Jensen and Clayton each had two blocks. Clayton and Moore each had three digs. Moore had 23 set assists.
ELC (2-9 overall, 2-0 in the Lakes Conference) travels to Hull to face Western Christian next Tuesday.
The Midgets host their tournament on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The ELC Junior Varsity lost 25-14, 25-13 to Spencer.