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Esko zips past 'Jacks


November 20, 2020

Dave Harwig

Esko's Brenna Stark, left, and Jayden Karppinen set up a block against Cloquet's Brenna McClarey during Friday's match.

Esko kept its undefeated volleyball record intact Friday night with a 3-1 win over Cloquet in Esko. The Eskomos took the convincing win by scores of 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13 to improve to 8-0.

"We have many offensive threats and we were able to spread the ball out," said Esko coach Desi DeLeon after the game. "We have a lot of experience and leadership, and that helps."

The Eskomos were led by 18 kills and 12 digs from Tayia Gregg along with seven kills and 10 digs from Jayden Karppinen.

"Esko had two good hitters in Karppinen and Gregg on opposite sides of the court," said Cloquet coach Heidi Anderson. "We had difficulty blocking and defending them at times. They also are a strong blocking team and gave our hitters some trouble finding the court."

One hitter for Cloquet who had no trouble finding ways to get the ball down on the floor was Ava Carlson, who finished with 10 kills to go along with 17 digs and three ace serves.

"Ava played very steady, kept swinging and she found many ways to score - whether that was off the block, through the block, around the block, and off speed shots," Anderson said. "She just had overall consistent good play on offense and defense and was fun to watch."

The first two sets were close, but a play or two more by Esko made the difference. They also attacked just a little better than Cloquet did in the final points of those two sets. The loss drops Cloquet's record to 6-4 on the season.

The Eskomos also got a solid game from Brenna Stark who tallied seven kills, three ace serves, 12 digs and four ace blocks.

Dave Harwig

Cloquet also got solid performances from Brenna McClarey and Brea Rasmussen, who had eight and six kills, respectively. Rasmussen also added 10 digs. Emerson Rock finished with 26 set assists and 10 digs and four ace serves while Elli Willoughby recorded 22 digs.

On Monday night the Eskomos lost their first match of the season to undefeated Greenway 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-8). Greenway is 11-0 on the season.

"I felt that it would be a good season for us with almost everyone returning, and they have proven that," said DeLeon of her Eskomos. "Like any team, we can have communications breakdowns occasionally, but they work hard all the time with team goals in mind."


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