IMS volleyball felt the nip of the Highland Huskies at Highland Tuesday night. The first set was a little unsteady for IMS as the defense was not flowing smoothly, with the Huskies earning six points from unrecovered tips. The Huskies went on to win the set 12-25.
IMS started the second set with a different defensive system and took an early 3-1 lead. The Huskies tied the score at 3-3, but IMS again surged ahead 7-3. IMS kept the kibbles away from the Huskies with great defensive play and two kills by Avery Blauvelt. IMS increased the lead to 11-6, but the Huskies kept nipping at the heels of IMS until the scored tied at 12-12. From that point in the match, the score see-sawed back and forth. Despite shining team defensive play, including Raine Hathaway recovering several well-placed tips and pushes, and well placed hits by IMS, the team could not contain the Huskies and lost the second set 25-27.
The third set started out much the same as the first with Highland taking an early 1-5 lead and forcing IMS to take a time out. The Huskies were able to get two more points on IMS errors before IMS was able to start climbing out of their hole and fighting their way back to 5-9. Mia Graber had an impressive defensive dig at 7-10 which spurred IMS to once again come within two points at 8-10. Behind strong serving and defense, IMS was able to tie the score at 16-16 and Highland took a time out. However, Highland was able to get a point here and there to which IMS could not reciprocate, leading to Highland winning the match 22-25.
“Including tonight and the past two conference matches against the Huskies, IMS has played them ever so close. We just need to find the combination with mental toughness and the ability to terminate points to close out these close matches. Additionally, in matches this close, it is those 2-3 unforced errors that are the difference between the winning and losing team,” coach Miller commented.
Statistical leaders for the evening were: Alijah Beatty with 18 assists, Suzanna Yoder with 29 digs, and Avery Blauvelt with personal season high of 9 kills.
Up next for IMS is pool play in the SEISC conference tournament on Thursday September 22nd. Site is TBD.
The Fresh/Soph and JV matches had split results with the Huskies. The F/S team lost 1-2 despite six aces from Rachel Miller, six kills from Alyssa Hershberger and four team blocks. The JV team won handily 2-0, led by strong serving from Allison Moreland and hitting from Alyssa Gonzales.