The Elcho Hornets volleyball team fell at fellow Northern Lakes Conference squad Florence, in what was officially a non-conference game Tuesday, 3-1.

Scores were 12-25, 10-25, 25-20 and 10-25.

The match was tight early, with the teams going back-and-forth early for points.

“The ladies would slowly get into a slump due to calls on us then have a hard time coming back from it,” head coach Kate Dulmes said. “Our hitting percentage was lower than it normally is, but our serves were on the stronger side.”

Tayler Raith, Kailey Kupfer and Roxanne Russell all served an ace.

“The servers would make longer runs at the line than before and the team would try to put together rallies, but wouldn’t be able to execute the attack,” Dulmes explained.

Kills leader on the night was Emily Moore with eight, while Lexi Ernst had four, Russell three, Lilly Reinke two and both Kupfer and Amanacer Houle had one.

Emily Siemers led in digs with 11, with Houle and Russell both adding eight. Reinke had four and Moore three.

Moore delivered a solo block, while contributing a block assist, as did Russell, Ernst and Houle.

According to Dulmes, intangibles were a big part of the Hornets’ performance.

“The integrity and honesty on the floor was the biggest take away from the game,” she said. “There were a few calls that were in our favor, however, the girls had touched it or it was on our side and they would own up to it and let the officials know their call was wrong and it should not be our point. The plays didn’t get overturned, but knowing my team has those morals is not something a coach can necessarily teach.”

Their was plenty of good takeaways from the Hornets’ play as well.

“Last night was one of our best nights for blocks and defense,” Dulmes added. “The ladies positioned themselves correctly on defense to get the digs and the blocks were there to shut down the hitters or slow down the hits to allow our defense to adjust.”

The loss dropped Elcho to 5-10 overall with the defeat.

Elcho will next head to Auburndale Thursday for a quadrangular, along with Cornell and Owen-Withee.

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