Volleyball: Tigers beat E-Hawks, 3-0

Friday, October 5, 2012
Spencer's Kirstin Martindale tips the final point of the first set out of reach of the E-Hawks Thursday night in Emmetsburg. Spencer won two close sets and an easy third to take the 3-0 Lakes Conference win. (Photos by Zach Jevne)

Spencer edged out the first two sets over Emmetsburg before winning the third handily as the Tigers improved to 3-2 in the Lakes Conference with a 3-0 blanking of the E-Hawks Thursday night in Emmetsburg. The Tigers won the match 25-22, 25-22, 25-14 and are now 14-14 on the year.

Spencer bounced back from a lopsided loss Tuesday night to Western Christian for the win but needed to rally in both the first two sets. After getting out to an 11-7 lead in the first set, Emmetsburg would score seven of the next eight points to take the lead. The Tigers would tie the game at 17-17 and gradually pull away for the 25-22 win.

Taylor Anderson celebrates a Tigers point during the second set of a 3-0 Lakes Conference win over the Emmetsburg E-Hawks Thursday night.

In set two, Emmetsburg (3-21, 0-6) showed some life on "Pink Out Night," which raises awareness for breast cancer, and took a 9-4 lead. The E-Hawks pushed the lead to 18-13 before rallying behind Taylor Glover serving. Spencer would cut the lead and tie the game at 20 before Kirstin Martindale served the Tigers to victory, including two aces in the final five points.

The third set was tied at 10-10 before the Tigers began clicking on all cylinders and cruised to a 25-14 win. Spencer had 11 kills and one attack error in the final set.

"We came around and played our game in the third set," Spencer coach Michele Dirkx said. "We lessened the mistakes we'd been making earlier in the match and got on the offensive and not the defensive. With Homecoming week, there's been so many distractions, but they decided to step it up in the third game."

Taylor Anderson led the way offensively with 10 kills and also totaled three blocks. Glover added five kills and 11 digs, while Martindale tallied six kills in the match. Spencer had 11 kills but 12 attack errors in the first set, and seven kills and six errors in the second set.

Spencer has two Lakes Conference matches remaining, and a tournament in Algona on Saturday, Oct. 13. They will play Spirit Lake at home on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and at Storm Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Spencer will play Humboldt in the regional playoff opener at Humboldt on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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