IMS had three wins and one loss at the annual Wilton volleyball tournament on Saturday. This tournament marked several firsts for the team in the past five seasons: beating 4A Mt. Pleasant, had a winning record at this tournament, and, for two tournaments in a row, won our first match of the day. The first match of the day is important for a team, as it can potentially set the tone for the day. Tournaments require a different mindset than conference matches. First, they start at 9:00 am requiring the team to come out strong first thing in the morning, usually after anywhere from a 30 minute to about a 1.5 hour bus ride. Additionally, the matches are the best two of three to 21 (third to 15), compared to the best three of five (fifth to 15) for conference matches. This requires the team to come out focused right away, and allows no leeway for a slow start. “Coming out ready to play for the first match of the day in tournaments has been a goal of ours this season,” coach Miller said.
In addition to beating Mt. Pleasant 14-21, 21-12, 15-12, IMS also defeated Midland 21-11, 21-5 and WMU 21-17, 21-16. The lone loss came to tournament winner 2A Wilton 12-21, 9-21.
Statistical leaders for the tournament were: Suzanna Yoder with 40 digs, Samantha Miller 36 assists, and Mia Graber with 19 Kills.
Next up for IMS is an away game at Pekin tonight.