By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

ELKHART – The Elkhart Lady Elks welcomed the Frankston Maidens to town on Tuesday for a District 18-3A volleyball match with the flickering playoff hopes of both teams on the line.

Things looked bleak for the home team after the set. The Lady Elks squandered a 10 point lead in the opening game and wound up losing the set by a score of 22-25. Elkhart had jumped out to an early 10-4 lead and pushed the score to 16-6 before the wheels fell off.more-elk-vb

The Maidens scored six straight points to cut the margin to four at 16-12. After a time
out, the Lady Elks added a point but the Maidens went on 7-3 run to tie the set at 20. The two teams traded kills and service errors points until they both reached 22. After that, however, the Maidens used the momentum they had gained in mounting their comeback to slam the door on their hosts and took the first set by a score of 25-22.

During the break between sets, Elkhart Head Coach Alicia Woodell lit into her team in an attempt to motivate them before the second set got underway. Unfortunately, the motivation attempt seemed to have the opposite effect as the Lady Elks simply did not play well and lost the second set by a score of 15-25.

Faced with a two set deficit, the Lady Elks finally seemed to wake up. As badly as they played in set number two, it seemed as if a new team had taken the court in set three. The kills hit in to the net in the first two sets were now going over and findilady-elks-vbng an empty spot on the floor. The Elkhart passing became crisp and accurate and the Lady Elks managed to do a 180 and take the third set by a final of 25-16.

The Elks were still in a 2-1 hole, but built on the energy from the previous set to take the fourth set by a score of 25-16.

The fifth and final set was a back and forth event. Elkhart jumped ahead but Frankston fought back to tie things up and seemed to have the Lady Elks on the ropes once again. The girls from Elkhart had come from too far back to let the match slip away, however, regained their composure  and captured the fifth and final set by a score of 15-12.

The win moves the Lady Elks’ district record to 1-2 while the Maidens fall to 0-3 in league play. Elkhart played Westwood on Friday night while Frankston took on Buffalo. The scores of the two matches were not available as of press time.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.