The IMS volleyball team’s season ended at conference rival Winfield-Mt. Union’s home gym Monday night, losing in three sets: 14-25, 16-25, 21-25. “I am very proud of our team. We played valiantly and together as an IMS team does. Unfortunately, we were unable to capitalize on some last-minute line-up changes, and made some unforced errors at inopportune times,” coach Shannon Miller stated.
Set one started out with a service ace by Yani Gutierrez-Larios and IMS kept the lead until 8-8 behind inspired net play by Mia Graber and strong serving by Katelyn Lehman. WMU settled down, tying the score at 8-8, then taking the lead at 8-9 and never relinquishing it for the remainder of the game.
WMU jumped out to a quick 2-8 lead in the second game from which IMS was never able to recover. The IMS back row played inspired defense, spurring the team on and closing the gap to finish the set 16-25. “What hurt us in the second game was our inability to close our block against their star outside hitter,” coach Miller stated.
The third game of the evening was by far the most exciting one of the match. IMS jumped out to an early 5-1 lead behind strong serving and defense from Graber. Danae McGaffey added a service ace to increase the lead to 6-1. Rubye Ney and Katelyn Lehman battled at the net with WMU’s outside and middles to keep the score 9-5 in IMS’s favor. Suzanna Yoder served an ace to maintain the IMS lead at 11-7. IMS kept answering WMU’s points with their own until WMU eventually tied the score at 13-13 and then took the lead 13-14. IMS kept the score close behind Yuli Montes de Oca digs and good team communication. IMS tied the score once more at 21-21 but succumbed to the Wolf bite after a hitting error and serve receive error, 21-25.
This was the last match of their IMS volleyball careers for seniors Rubye Ney and Suzanna Yoder. “Our seniors have shown the younger players the attitude and work ethic it takes to be successful. We, as a program, are thankful to have had them as part of our team and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with these young women for the past four years,” coach Miller said.
The IMS volleyball team would like to thank our “seventh player”, the student section, and our family, friends and school for the support they have shown over the course of the season.
Statistical leaders for the evening: Mia Graber six kills, Yani Gutierrez 10 assists, Suzanna Yoder 26 digs.
IMS finishes the season 19-15 overall and 6-2 in conference play.