Volleyball: Elks pull out five-game battle at Armstrong

An Elk River volleyball team dealing with injuries to veteran players was able to pull out a five-game road win over Robinsdale Armstrong on Thursday.

The 25-20, 25-12, 11-25, 20-25, 16-14 nail biter was the Elks’ third five-game conference road win of the season, a big reason they’re a respectable 4-3 in conference and 11-4 overall.

At crunch time in game five, Kelsey Owens, JV setter called up for emergency varsity duty in recent matches, made a kill from the outside hitter position for a 15-14 lead. Another setter who can hit, Bailey Lundquist, got the 16th point with a spike that glanced off a back row player out of bounds.

Elk senior all-around standout Janell Finkbeiner played on a bruised knee that knocked her out of a match Tuesday. Anohter senior stalwart, Kara Ziemer, turned an ankle during game five and had to sit. Austyn Beese, senior hitter dealing with a sore hitting shoulder, played only in the front.

“We’re the walking wounded, and I don’t know how we’re going to play in the St. Michael tournament,” said coach Pam Gothe, referring to a two-day event Friday evening and Saturday.

Zeimer made 15 kills and Beese eight. No other individual stats were available at this posting.

Elk serving, which has been a sore spot in several matches, has been much better the last two matches, said Gothe. They  put 93 percent in play at Armstrong, and 92 percent in a loss at Andover on Tuesday.

Armstong is 3-4 in conference and 10-12 overall.