The IMS volleyball team was in a dogfight with the Wolves of Winfield-Mt. Union (WMU) last night at Hillcrest Union. It took IMS five sets to wrest the match from WMU. Each set went back and forth as a dog would wrestle a rope with its owner. In the end, IMS was able to pull the rope free, winning the match. Set scores were: 25-18, 25-18, 25-27, 21-25, 15-10.
IMS was able to take advantage of “first home game energy,” and win the first set. WMU kept the first set close with each team trading side outs. However, IMS broke open the set at 11-8, never letting WMU get within less than 5 points.
Set two was much the same as the first set, but this time, WMU kept the set close until 20-18, when four strong serving attempts by senior Raine Hathaway, including one ace, allowed the team to close out set two.
Sets three and four were a different story for IMS. Despite IMS starting out with and keeping a small lead until 14-14 in set three, this time WMU was able to break away behind some missed defensive opportunities, and a negative team hitting percentage for IMS. “This was disappointing to see as we relinquished an 11-6 lead. We let down mentally and started making defensive errors,” coach Miller commented. Set four went the way of the Wolves as well, with IMS making six services errors. “We will step up our defensive efforts during practice,” Coach Miller stated.
In the fifth set, IMS was able to regain their momentum. Though WMU won the first point of the set, junior Rubye Ney got the team in the set with three strong service attempts one of them being an ace. Junior Suzanna Yoder had a very timely kill, giving IMS a 5-2 lead and forcing WMU to take their first time-out. Junior Samantha Miller then had a seven point serving streak that included one ace and one error, giving IMS a 10-2 lead. Senior Avery Blauvelt had a back-row kill going deep down the line, bringing the score to 11-5. WMU started creeping back behind strong serving and IMS not being able to terminate rallies. However, Rubye Ney had a dig to Sami Miller, who was able to hit on the second contact for a kill and end the match at 15-10.
Thursday, IMS has another conference game at Columbus. Saturday, IMS will travel to the Wilton tournament where they will play Wilton, Durant, Mt. Pleasant, and WMU.