by Eric Oslund
The Elk River volleyball team hosted Blaine on Thursday, Sept. 7, and found themselves in a bit of a dog fight in the first set, but eventually the Elks were able to come out on top 26-24. That victory seemed to spring board them the rest of the game as they won the next two sets fairly handily, by scores of 25-17 and 25-19, respectively.
They continued to take a balanced approach, as they have all season, with their offense and defense coming from all over the court. Kincaid Strain had 32 assists, but apart from that there was no real stat that stood out. Four players finished with more than five kills, but no one had more than eight, and five players recorded digs in the match, but no one recorded more than 10.
The Elks looked to take that balanced approach into the Molten Classic down in Marshall over the weekend. They did accomplish that, but there were still multiple girls who were able to stand out as the Elks finished the event with a 3-2 record.
Erin Davis continued to be a driving force for the Elks’ defense, recording 72 digs while adding on two aces, one kill and five assists. Strain, on the other hand, continued to run the offense, finishing the weekend with 80 assists and adding on one ace, five kills, and 22 digs.
At the net, Ali Hall was one of the players leading the way, finishing the tournament with 25 kills, seven blocks, nine service aces, and 44 digs. She was joined by Sarah Johnson, who recorded 28 kills, 21 blocks, two aces, two assists, and 16 digs; Ashley Lynch, who recorded 17 kills, seven blocks, one assist, and seven digs; Kaylin Plautz, who recorded 14 kills, 12 blocks, one assist, and one dig; and Haley Ullrich, who recorded 21 kills, 10 blocks, and 20 digs.