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Ellsworth volleyball team beats Elmwood 3-1

Ellsworth's Megan Schroeder and Tacia Kuhl tries block this spike from an Elmwood player.4 / 7
Elmwood's Brandy Peterson tries to tip the ball over the net.5 / 7
Ellsworth's Tacia Kuhl slams a spike past to Elmwood blockers.6 / 7
Ellsworth fan support.7 / 7

Ellsworth High School's volleyball team went above .500 with a 3-1 win over Elmwood Tuesday at Ellsworth.

The Panthers are 5-4 to start the season under new head coach Nicole VanderBerg. They went 4-4 at the SPRAWL Tournament in Menomonie last weekend and knocked off traditionally strong volleyball programs like Grantsburg and Wausau West.

Ellsworth won the first game 25-19 and dominated game two 25-11. Elmwood, 3-7 overall, came back to win the third game 25-23, but Ellsworth finished off the Raiders by winning game four 25-20.

The Red and Black label tied the score in game four at 19-19 after an ace by Shelby Hall but the Panthers responded by outscoring Elmwood 6-1 for the duration of the game. Ellie Miller had threew service points, including an ace and Ellsworth picked up kills from Olivia Helmer, Tacia Kuhl and Chelsy Strom. 

"We've played very well so far in close game and that's a very good sign in the early part of the season." VanderBerg said. 

Ellsworth's hosts a triangular meet against St. Croix Central and Glenwood City Thursday. Elmwood will also be at home taking on Alma.