Volleyball: Elks dinged-up, lose to Andover 3-1

A shorthanded Elk River volleyball team lost a match it needed for both conference and section standings on Tuesday as the Andover Huskies beat the Elks 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 25-17.

Marissa McNallis led the Huskies with 14 kills and 24 assists. Alexandra Monson added 11 kills, and Hannah Peterson made 25 digs.

Kara Ziemer sparkled at the net for the Elks with 19 kills against six errors. Janell Finkbeiner and Lindsey Lowe had nine kills each, and Kennedy Strain six kills and five blocks. Kelsey Owens, the JV setter, had 22 assists in her first varsity start. The Elks served 79-for-85 with six aces.

“We were missing some people and we had to make changes in games two, three and four,” said coach Pam Gothe, “and we kind of lost our connections. This was a very important match for us, so it was disappointing. But we are looking ahead.”

Finkbeiner banged up her knee in the third game, had to sit out the rest of the match and is likely to miss the Armstrong match on Thursday. Austyn Beese was sore-armed from a weekend softball tournament and couldn’t serve, or hit effectively. Another starter was ineligible.

Andover, the defending section champion and a team the Elks will likely need to beat for a state trip, is 4-2 in conference and 8-11 overall.

“They are still a good team but they are beatable,” said Gothe.

The Elks are now  3-3 in conference and 10-4 overall.