Elk River volleyball picked up their first win of the season, then their second and third, before falling in a close finals match against a strong Dassel-Cokato team, in the Sauk Rapids-Rice tournament on Saturday.
“The Elks are getting their ‘grove back. All eleven players contributed,” said coach Theresa Brummer. “Great net play and improved offensive execution were key factors. The most valuable tool was the Elks serving.”
The Elks were 0-5 before beating Onamia, Sauk Center and Rocori in this tournament.
They served 91 percent (202-for-220) with 22 aces and a 2.2 effectiveness rating, often forcing opponents out of system.
Sidney Wentland made 20 kills and Kelly Kolles 19 in the tournament. Kelsey Owens made 70 assists.
The Elks (3-6) return to action Tuesday at home against Buffalo.
Elks 25-25, Onamia 15-13
Wentland made eight kills, Kolles five, Abi Scheid four and Kennedy Strain three. Strain had two blocks and Wentland one. Kaitlyn Pearson served 31-for-32 with three aces. Owens served 11-for-12 with two aces and put up 22 assists.
Elks 25-25, Sauk Center 17-22
Becca Brummer served 8-for-9 with three aces and made 16 serve receptions. Kolles made six kills and two blocks. Gina Honek added three kills. Olson made nine assists and served 10-for-11 with an ace.
Elks 15-25-15, Rocori 25-23-11
The Elks lost game one 25-15 but edged the Spartans in the next two 25-23 and 15-11 to reach the finals. Strain had eight kills, Wentland seven, Kolles four and Scheid three. Scheid made three blocks, Strain two and Kolles one. Owens served 11-for-11 with an ace and made 23 assists. Brummer was good on 12 serve receptions.
Dassel-Cokato 25-25, Elks 23-22
The Elks lost two close games in the finals to the Chargers, who are 12-1 with 12 straight wins. Making four kills each were Geneva Kachinsky, Kolles and Wentland. Scheid supplied five blocks, Owens 16 assists, Brummer 11 receptions, and Alix Zierdon five receptions. Brummer served 9-for-10 with two aces and Zierdon 12-for-12 with one ace.