There was uncertainty surrounding the start of the 2017 volleyball season. The team hadn’t played together since last season and they had a new setter, Samantha Miller. At the end of the summer, the team answered that uncertainty when they attended Iowa State University’s team camp and did a great job, finishing second in their bracket. Coaches and players felt that they were picking up right where they left off at the end of the previous season.
This level of play and chemistry continued through the Fairfield Quad. IMS beat ranked Eddyville, Fairfield, and also Albia to win the tournament for the first time in four years. This led to the IMS team earning a 14th spot in the state rankings for 1A teams.
Conference play started with a win over Wapello, but at a cost. Sophomore Mia Graber suffered a season-ending knee injury during warm-ups. Adjustments were made and IMS went on to beat Wapello 3-1. IMS continued to win but also lost setter Samantha Miller to an ankle injury for a couple of weeks. Their record was 6-0 and they climbed in rankings to #10. “The team was excited about their ranking but also cautious, given two of their starters were out with injuries,” said Coach Shannon Miller.
“The team adjusted well, and played with the same determination and never quit attitude,” coach Miller noted. However, for any team, losing two starters is difficult. The team was not able to sustain their momentum and slipped out of the state rankings. The team pulled together, went back to the basics, and upped the intensity at practice. Coach Miller felt that this seemed to help them re-focus.
The team continues to have an upbeat attitude and looks forward to finishing strongly. Coach Miller said the senior captains, Alyssa Hershberger and Avery Blauvelt, have been key in leading this team and keeping morale up and they are looking forward to achieving their season goal of making it to the sub-state match. Right now, they continue to focus on the next match and staying healthy. And their fans continue to enjoy watching them play! You can see articles and pictures from recent games in the blog posts below.
In the first round of regional playoffs, IMS just slipped past the attack of the Warriors of Waco. Set scores were 18-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 18-16. “The teams were very evenly matched and in the last two sets each point was a battle,” Coach Shannon Miller commented. IMS gave up points early with serve receive […]