In swamp-like playing conditions, IMS volleyball battled the Wolves from Winfield-Mt. Union (WMU) at their home lair. IMS, coming out and playing an up-tempo offense, surprised the Wolves in the first set winning 25 -22. IMS opened an early lead following WMU serving and hitting errors. However, the Wolves cleaned up their game. The set remained close with each team trading side outs. A late serving error by WMU allowed IMS to take advantage and close out the set.
The second and third sets saw IMS lose momentum. Giving WMU 22 unforced errors, IMS lost the second set 16-25. The third set progressed in a similar fashion with IMS again giving up 22 unforced errors. That, combined with difficulty closing out points, the third set went to WMU as well, 15-25.
The fourth set looked like IMS was going to have to trudge home through the mud starting out 0-5 to the Wolves strong serving. However, Coach Miller called a time out, and the team brought their energy level up and scored the next four points. The set continued back and forth with each team playing great defense and having long rallies. With the scored tied 25-25, a controversial call allowed WMU to go ahead 26-25. IMS was not able to return the final serve of the game and lost 25-27. “The controversial call, with score tied 25-25 was unfortunate,” coach Miller stated. “However, we need to do a better job of not letting our emotions affect our play. Additionally, when a team commits so many unforced errors, it is difficult to win. Focusing on decreasing those errors will be a major focus at practice in the coming days,” coach Miller noted.
Next up for IMS is a home match against Columbus on Thursday, a team with which IMS is evenly matched, and just played at the Highland tournament this past Saturday.
Statistical leaders for the evening were: Rachel Miller with a team high 24 digs, Alijah Beatty had 29 assists, and Suzanna Yoder rounded out the evening with 10 kills.