The Estherville Lincoln Central netters started the 2014 season with a pair of five-set matches this past week.
On Monday, the Midgets lost 3-2 to Pocahontas, but bounced back by rallying to beat Sioux Central 3-2 on Tuesday.
Monday was the home opener for ELC. The Midgets trailed by five late in the first game, 21-16, when they went on a 7-2 run, which included four kills by Megan Jensen as ELC tied the match at 23-23. ELC got its first game point on a kill by Caitlyn Clayton at 25-24 with a hitting error by the Indians giving ELC it's second chance. Cydnie Anderson gave the Midgets the 27-25 victory with her first kill of the night.
ELC’s Rachel Lambert goes up for the attack against Pocahontas on Monday.
Photo by David Swartz
ELC took the momentum and cruised in the second game with Jensen accounting for four kills. Pocahontas seemed out of sorts with four service errors and six hitting errors, providing the Midgets with 10 of their points as the Midgets won 25-11 to go up 2-0.
But as good as it went for ELC in the second game, the Midgets' fortunes reversed in the second. Clayton was the only bright spot for ELC as she had five kills to account for half of the Midgets' points in a 25-10 loss.
With Pocahontas' confidence up, the visitors took advantage of several ELC errors to win 25-16 in the fourth game.
The Midgets fell behind early in the fifth and deciding game and got within three at 12-9, but Pocahontas closed out the match with three straight points to win 15-9.
On Tuesday at Sioux Rapids, ELC opened with a 25-18 win against the hosts, but then dropped the next two games 25-20, 25-15. ELC won a tough 25-22 battle to tie the match at two games apiece and then dominated the fifth set 15-5.
Stats were available for either match.
ELC?(1-1) hosts North Union next Thursday.
The ELC Freshman Team won at Sioux Central 25-23, 25-15 and the junior varsity won 25-6, 25-23.