Volleyball: Finkbeiner’s 11 aces help Elks beat Cardinals 3-1

Celebrating a point were (from left) Rachel Anderson, Janell Finkbeiner, Kara Ziemer, Bailey Lundquist (13) and Kelly Kolles. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Janell Finkbeiner served 11 aces to lead Elk River past Coon Rapids 19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-19 on Thursday evening at home.

Serve errors were a sore point for the Elks as they missed 19, but they also aced 17 of them.

Bailey Lundquist (left) and Kennedy Strain teamed for a kill block. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Finkbeiner, who also had eight kills, pulled out game three as she pounded down a kill to tie it 20-20, then served four straight points, three of them aces, for a 24-20 lead before hitting the net. The final point came on a Cardinal error.

The 5-foot-10 senior setter/outside hitter ended the match with her 11th ace, as the Elks improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the NWSC.

Kara Ziemer rattled off 18 kills, Lindsey Lowe nine, Bailey Lundquist five and Kennedy Strain four. Strain made four blocks and Lundquist three.

Strain, 6-foot sophomore middle blocker, saw her most extended action because senior starter Austyn Beese missed the match with a problem with her eye.

Coon Rapids, which did a good job blocking throughout the match, dropped to 1-3 in conference and 4-5 overall.

The Elks will play in the Sauk Rapids-Rice Invitational on Saturday.