Lady E-Hawks Win ELC?Tourney
ESTHERVILLE – The Lady E-Hawks of spent their Saturday playing in the Estherville Lincoln Central Tournament, taking on Armstrong-Ringsted, Humboldt and Laurens-Marathon in pool play.
It turned into a great day for the Lady E-Hawks, as they would go 2-1 in pool play and then go on to win the overall tournament championship by defeating the host Midgets of ELC and Storm Lake to take the title.
The day’s first match might have been a forewarning of what to expect as Emmetsburg rode the hot-serving touch of senior Hannah Drost to defeat Armstrong-Ringsted 2-0, by game scores of 21-0 and 21-17. Drost got into the serving groove right away, making all 21 of her serves in the first game and added three more serves along with nine aces in that first match.
In their second match of pool play, the Lady E-Hawks met up with Humboldt, and fell in two games, by scores of 11-21 and 14-21 to the Wildcats. Emmetsburg would come back in their third match for a re-match with Laurens-Marathon. After falling in the first game by a 17-21 tally, the Lady E-Hawks came back to even the match with a 21-8 win and then took the deciding third game by a 15-11 score,
With the 2-1 pool record, the Lady E-Hawks met Estherville Lincoln Central and took the Midgets to three games, losing the first game by a 23-25 score before winning the second game 25-12 and then taking the rubber game 15-13.
That win would set up the tournament championship match against Storm Lake, whom had blanked Emmetsburg the previous Tuesday night in Lakes Conference play. The Lady E-Hawks remembered what they hadn’t done well and swept Storm Lake by scores of 25-16 and 25-17 to win the tournament title.
For the tournament, Emmetsburg made 211 of 229 serves with 32 aces, 92 percent accuracy. The Lady E-Hawks had 250 of 294 hits with 90 kills, 80 percent accuracy.
Morgan Vlasman would come away with 50 of 64 hits with 30 kills, 10 digs and one assist on the day, while Nicole Leuer added 23 of 25 serves with three aces and 44 of 51 hits with 11 kills, in addition to 28 digs.
Paige Naig made 46 of 49 serves with five aces, had 70 of 76 hits with 28 kills, assisted on two blocks and dug out 12 shots. Chelsey Rouse added 30 of 34 hits with seven kills and an assisted block, as well as four digs and three assists.
Nikki Schany added 18 of 19 serves with two aces and dug out 12 shots, while Miranda Vlasman added 40 of 49 hits with 13 kills, a solo block and three digs.
Whitney Kibbie made one of three hits, while Kaity Degen added two of two serves and one of two hits, while Kinsey Anderson made one hit for a kill.
Hannah Drost would complete 55 of 59 serves with 11 aces, 13 of 14 hits with four kills, assisted on one block, dug out 15 shots and handed out 73 assists.
Halie Cody added five of five serves, while Molli Schmeling came up with 47 of 48 serves and six aces and dug out 24 shots and Hillary Pico added 21 of 22 serves with five aces and dug out 32 shots, while dishing out one assist.