Volleyball: Elks beat Centennial, first time in 10 years

There are certain teams Elk River must beat if they want to show they’re for real in the NWSC volleyball race. Centennial is one of them.

The Elks made a statement Tuesday night, clawing past the Cougars 18-25, 25-11, 23-25, 25-23, 15-8, playing in an unusually warm gym at Centennial.

“We had not beaten Centennial in 10 years,” said coach Pam Gothe “This is a huge win.”

She added that it “must have been about 95 degrees” in the gym, and the team figured no way could they go five games. But five games it was, and the Elks had a  little more pep at the end than the hosts.

The Elks enjoyed strong hitting around the rotation as Kara Ziemer knocked down 17 kills, Janell Finkbeiner and Austyn Bees 14 each, Lindsey Lowe 11, and Bailey Lundquist six. Finkbeiner and Lundquist are setters, making 31 and 22 assists, respectively.

The Elks won despite their serving being less potent than normal with more misses (12) than aces (nine). Beese led at the stripe, going 21-for-22 with three aces. Rachel Anderson led the Elks with 15 digs and 29 serve receives.

For Centennial (1-2), CarlyTroudt made 13 kills and Elizabeth Olson nine. Olivia Jenson notched four blocks.