In its best match of the season, IMS was unable to contain the senior led Lions of Lone Tree. Rachel Miller started the match out strong for IMS by serving an ace. Lone Tree scored the next two points, but a kill by Mia Graber tied the score at 2-2. IMS scored the next four points led by two aces from Avery Blauvelt and a kill by Suzanna Yoder. Lone Tree battled back and tied the score at 7-7. The score went back and forth the remainder of the match until IMS was able to pull ahead 24-21. Suzanna Yoder dug a hard driven ball and Alijah Beatty was able to run it down, setting to Rachel Miller for a downball kill that closed out the set 25-21.
In the second set, IMS led by as much as five points but was not able to hold off the Lion’s offense, losing several points on tips to the center of the court, and ultimately losing the set 24-26. The third set was very similar to the second in that IMS was able to build 3-4 point leads, but could not hold off the attacking Lions, again losing the third set 24-26. In the fourth and final set, Lone Tree took the early lead and never looked back, despite a late set run by IMS. Though down 17-24, and by playing exceptional defense and strong serving by Mia Graber, IMS brought the score back to 20-24, before losing on a well-placed pushed ball by Lone Tree. “Overall tonight, we played very well and our statistics show this. I am proud of our team. The players did everything we asked of them, and then some. We have been working very hard on improving our hitting, which showed tonight in a season high team kill efficiency of 0.11. Despite some brilliant play from our defense, we hesitated sometimes on who was going to get the ball, and I believe that is what ultimately cost us the match,” coach Miller stated.
Statistical Leaders for the evening were Mia Graber who combined nine kills with three aces, Suzanna Yoder had 28 digs, and on senior night, senior setter Alijah Beatty had a season high 28 assists. Next up for IMS is an away match at Louisa-Muscatine on Tuesday October 4th.
The IMS Fresh/Soph and JV teams both won their respective matches. Katelyn Lehman scored not only the first ace of her career but served two aces in a row to help IMS beat the Lion’s fresh/soph team in three sets 15-21, 21-14, 15-8. Alyssa Gonzales led the hitters with two kills, and Joya Schrock led the defense with 12 digs. In the JV match, IMS won 21-12, 21-13. Raine Hathaway led the team with four kills, while Monet Slabach had six digs. “Monet has really improved her passing skills this year, and has turned into a reliable defensive player for us,” coach Miller commented.