In their second home match of the season, IMS valiantly challenged Mediapolis. IMS won the first set 25-19 behind consistent, smart play. In the team meeting prior to the match, an IMS player commented, “They are going to under estimate us,” and that is exactly what happened. IMS was able to keep the Bullettes out of system the entire set. Additionally, the IMS defense, dug shots which rattled the Mediapolis offense. “We executed smart offensive and defensive plays at critical times,” coach Miller said. For the first time in over ten years, IMS was able to take a set from Mediapolis.
IMS came close to upsetting the Bullettes again in a close second set, losing by only two points, 24-26. “Unfortunately, we made a couple of unforced errors during the last few points, and you can’t do that against a team the caliber of Mediapolis,” Miller noted.
In the third and fourth sets, IMS could not overcome the Bullette’s larger and faster middle offensive arsenal, losing: 16-25, 17-25. “Mediapolis lifted the level of their game, and we were not able to respond,” coach Miller commented.
“I am very proud of the way we played against Mediapolis tonight. Our offense and defense worked very hard to keep our opponent out of system and scrambling throughout the match. In the end however, we could not stymie their larger and faster offense long enough to pull out the win,” Miller said.
The team would like to thank their seventh player, the student section, for their consistently imaginative (beach night last night) and boisterous support!
Statistical leaders for the evening were: Samantha Miller with eight kills and 12 assists. Suzanna Yoder and Rubye Ney each had 13 digs.
Next up for IMS is a tournament at Wilton on Saturday where they have an opportunity to upset 4A Mount Pleasant. Their next conference match is away at Pekin on Tuesday September 11th.