The seventh seeded IMS volleyball team advances to bracket play in the SEISC tournament by going 2-1 in pool play. This is the first time in four years IMS has advanced to the finals.
IMS started out the night playing the Waco Warriors. IMS took the first game 21-16. IMS started out strong but the Warriors were able to get a few point runs and keep the game close. The Warriors came out energized in the second game and quickly jumped ahead behind strong serving. IMS was never able to gain momentum and the Warriors took the game 9-21. In the deciding third game IMS jumped out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back, winning 15-5.
The second match of the night was against the Huskies of Highland. IMS brought their energy from the Waco match into the first game and opened up a 17-10 lead. The Huskies fought back with some key hits and a couple of aces before IMS was able to close out the game 21-17. In the second game, Highland took the early lead behind strong serving and a scrappy defense. The two teams traded leads several times, but Highland held on for a 18-21 win, forcing a third set. Similar to the Waco match, IMS took an early lead and kept Highland out-of-system most of the game, going on to win 15-9.
The final match of the night was against Van Buren, the second seed in the conference tournament. Though IMS fought valiantly against the bigger Warriors, the previous three set matches had taken their toll. IMS lost in straight sets 12-21, 10-21.
“I am happy that we were able to advance to the finals. The team hung in there and was able to pull out two three game matches. The loss against Van Buren was a disappointment in that we were unable to play against them as we have other teams from larger schools,” coach Miller said.
Statistical leaders for the evening were: Mia Graber with 11 kills and two errors for a .333 hitting percentage. Samantha Miller had 13 assists, Suzanna Yoder 13 digs, Rubye Ney chipped in a solo block.
IMS will play Holy Trinity in the first round of finals play. Play starts at 5 pm at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington on Saturday.