Elk River’s serving went from torrid to horrid but the Elks still managed a marathon 3-2 victory over St. Francis on Thursday evening at home.
The Elks (2-0) prevailed 25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-11 over the Saints, who also had five-game losses to Anoka and Rogers.
The Elks fired 17 service aces but muffed 18 other serves — on the heels of notching 21 aces against eight misses in a 3-0 win over Big Lake on Tuesday.
“Our serving almost cost us dearly,” said coach Pam Gothe, “but we hung in there to win.”
Jayde Krauth had 19 kills and Kara Ziemer 10, while Tessa Zemer was the one bright spot at the serving stripe, 28-for-30 with five aces.
St. Francis was powered by outside hitters Maggie Ewen and Ashley Wells.
“Saint Francis blocked out outside hitters pretty well and we are usually strong there,” said Gothe. “And on defense they picked up a lot of our hard swings.”
The Elks will play at Rogers on Tuesday evening.