Elk River lost two matches, then won two, at the Alexandria Invitational on Saturday, a day filled with close games.
The Elks got 51 kills from Kara Ziemer in the tournament. Janell Finkbeiner added 21 and Kennedy Strain 19.
In the first round, North St. Paul beat the Elks 25-23, 18-25, 16-14. Then Wadena-Deer Creek beat the Elks 25-15, 21-25, 15-13.
The Elks beat Brainerd 25-23, 25-23 and followed win a win over section rival Grand Rapids 25-23, 13-25, 15-7.
The Elks (17-10) will close the regular season at Maple Grove on Tuesday night.