This past Saturday, IMS participated in a volleyball tournament at Williamsburg high school against three other teams, host 3A Williamsburg, 2A Bellevue, and #2 ranked 3A Tipton. IMS went 0-3 for the tournament.
IMS got off to a slow start against Williamsburg losing 14-25, 18-25. “We did not come out with the physical or mental energy we needed to get us off to a good start. We did pick up our game in the second set, but it was too late to regain the lead,” coach Miller said.
In the second match of the morning, IMS faced #2 ranked 3A Tipton. “Again, we came out a little slow, and were intimidated by Tipton’s faster and hard-hitting offense,” noted coach Miller. IMS missed some blocks that gave Tipton easy points, and there was confusion in the back row about who was covering what area. Final score for that game was 15-25.
The second set started out the same as the first, until coach Miller called a time out. “We were not serve receiving well. My goal in that time out was to get the team settled down, and get our serve receive back on track.” IMS was able to take advantage of the time out and lift their level of play against the Tigers. The Tigers had a couple of missed serves and hitting errors, and IMS was quickly back in the match. At 13-22 Yani Gutierrez-Larios had a seven-point serving streak to bring the score to 20-22. A kill by Sami Miller tied the score at 23-23. Tipton was able to side out, and the score was 23-24. An obvious hitting error by Tipton was unfortunately ruled “in” and the point was awarded to Tipton, and the set 23-25. “As one might expect, we were highly disappointed with the call and the way the game ended. However, the team remained positive with the fact they competed and stayed with a team of Tipton’s stature,” coach Miller commented.
Against Bellevue, IMS was able to jump out to a four lead in the first game, and maintained the lead until Bellevue pulled ahead at 7-8. IMS kept the score close, but was not able to re-gain the lead. Two attack errors in a row by IMS gave Bellevue the game, 21-25.
The second game started out much the same as the first, with IMS taking a quick lead, but Bellevue battled back, evening the score at 8-8. Behind strong serving from Mia Graber, IMS re-took the lead 13-9. Bellevue would fight back to within two points, but IMS was able to stymie their come back until a hitting error by IMS gave Bellevue the lead at 19-20. From that point on, IMS tried to re-take the lead, and stayed with their opponent fighting until they tied the score at 24-24. A hitting error by Bellevue, and IMS pulled ahead 25-24. The teams traded off tying the score and taking the lead until 27-27. Though IMS had good rallies, they could not win the last two points, giving Bellevue a 27-29 game win, and match win.
“As always in volleyball, the match score does not always define the nature of the match. It is the game scores that really tell how a match was played.” “Unfortunately, in the Bellevue match, we were unable to find a way to win those final two points and force a third set,” coach Miller stated. “That is something we are going to have to address in practice these next few weeks.”
Statistical leaders for the tournament were: Graber with 12 kills, Miller with 22 assists, Suzanna Yoder with 41 digs, and Miller with six aces.