When the IMS volleyball team took the court against the Arrows of Wapello, they had come to play! Though Wapello took the first two points of the game, Rubye Ney served eight points in a row and Wapello could not close the gap. IMS led by as much 10 points. However, Wapello did take advantage of some unforced IMS errors toward the later part of game. The final score for the first game was 25-16.
The second game started out with Wapello holding the lead until 8-8. Two strong serves by Samantha Miller made the score 10-8. Wapello tied the score two more times until Mia Graber had a kill and then went on a seven-point serving streak, putting IMS ahead 21-13. Danae McGaffey came in and served an ace, making the score 22-14. With game point on the line, 24-17, IMS won a 15-ball rally to close out the set 25-17.
With the IMS seventh player (student section) in rare form, and Katelyn Lehman scoring the first point of the third set off a kill, the set was off to an energetic start. Suzanna Yoder then served nine points in a row, including an ace, and the score was quickly 16-2. A serving error and hitting error by IMS and some scrappy backrow play by Wapello gave the Arrows a foot in the door. However, a backrow attack for a kill by Miller pushed the score to 24-9. An unforced error by the Arrows gave IMS the set 25-10, and the match 3-0.
“The team came out with good energy and was able to maintain it for most of the match. There were some mental ups and downs, but overall we were able to maintain a high level of play,” coach Miller noted. “One aspect that went well tonight was that everyone played their role, from the starters to the players coming in off of the bench. Each one of them made the contribution we needed,” coach Miller said.
Statistical Leaders for the match were: Samantha Miller with 19 assists, Mia Graber with 33 attempts, 12 kills, and four errors for a .242 kill percentage. Miller had 15 attempts, nine kills and one error for a .533 kills percentage. Rubye Ney had 27 attempts, eight kills and three errors for a .185 kill percentage. Suzanna Yoder, Yanitza Gutierrez-Larios, and Katelyn Lehman had one kill apiece. Yoder had 16 digs and Ney had four aces.
Next up for IMS is a tournament this Saturday at Williamsburg. IMS will have matches against Bellevue, Tipton, and Williamsburg, followed by pool play of the SEISC conference tournament on Thursday Sept. 20th.
Shannon would like to thank the student section for their creative, enthusiastic and boisterous support!