The Storm Lake High volleyball team seems to have found itself at the right time - just at the start of the Lakes Conference schedule.
The Tornado girls beat Estherville-LC here at the SLHS gym 25-18, 20-25, 25-22 and 25-15, winning its second conference game of the week and improving to 2-1 in Lakes play and to 4-5 overall.
"The girls did a great job tonight," said SLHS volleyball coach Jacquie Bauer. "The confidence level is rising and we are passing and hitting well.
"I would have liked to see us be better on the offensive side of things and that's something we'll work on for next week."
Statistically, junior Trish Halder was 14 of 14 in hitting with eight kills while teammate Jessica Overturf was 11 of 16 with five kills and Kristan Erskin 19 of 21 with five aces.
Jess Overturf was 39 of 41 in setting while Erin Anderson was 21 of 26. Katie Overturf served 100 percent with two aces while Jenny Jones also served 100 percent. Erin Anderson served 92 percent with three aces and Halder served at a 93 percent clip with three ace serves.
In addition, Katie Overturf added 100 percent passing and senior captain Amy Sennert 90 percent passing.
The Storm Lake junior varsity volleyball team beat its EL-C counterparts, 21-4, 21-7, 15-21 and 21-13, improving to 2-1 in conference play and to 4-1 overall.
Lindsay Guenther was 7 of 8 with four kills while Kata Harvey was 5 of 5 in hitting with two kills. Setter Ali Kofmehl was 10 of 10 in setting with four set assists while Rachel Swanson was 9 of 10 in sets with two set assists.
At the service line, Erskine was 7 of 7 with six points while Katelyn Croker was 9 of 9 with six points. Swanson made good on nine of ten serves with eight points and Amy Berg finished with eight service points and 9 of 10 serving.
"The girls were back tonight and played really well," said SLHS JV coach Staci Maloy.
The Storm Lake freshman team won its match with E-LC, 21-14, 18-21, 15-12.
Tammy Nielsen was 12 of 13 in hitting with four kills while Jenna Smith led with six kills on seven of eight hitting. Maddie Kies was 8 of 10 with four kills.
Jaye Kwikkel was 15 of 15 in setting with three ace sets while Amber Woodford was 19 of 19 in setting with 1 set assist.
At the service line, Michaela Brungardt was nine of nine with two aces. Kwikkel was six of eight while Smith was five of seven with one ace. Maleia Miller added three digs as the Storm Lake frosh improved to 1-2 on the season.