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Iowa Mennonite faced off against Louisa-Muscatine on Tuesday night and came away with the 3-0 sweep of their conference opponent.
Things started off hot for Iowa Mennonite as they jumped out to a 10-5 lead due to their improved passing and setter Samantha Miller being back on the court. They took that 10-5 lead and never looked back by winning the first set 25-14. Miller was able to set up her teammates well throughout the set and Iowa Mennonite was led by Alyssa Hershberger with three kills in the first set.
Iowa Mennonite School coach Shannon Miller said her team played better tonight than they had last week and that’s a good sign.
“I think yes a little bit, we were able to control the tempo better tonight. ,” she said.
Things got a little tougher in the second set as Louisa-Muscatine adjusted to the Iowa Mennonite offense and tougher attacks from Louisa-Muscatine made the crisp, easier passes harder to come by.
“I don’t think it was fatigue. I just think they had these mental lapses where when another team gets a run on them they get nervous and start playing tentative,” Miller said.
Iowa Mennonite took the second set 25-19 and Louisa-Muscatine wasn’t close to taking the set.
Raine Hathaway, the libero for IMS, had a very solid night coming up with 19 digs and ended up scoring the final point in the first two sets with two of her five aces on the night.
The third set was both the low and high point of the night for Iowa Mennonite as they found themselves down 13-20 and errors were starting to pile up.
“We were struggling with staying focused, something which we have been working on for the past week,” Miller said.
Then a kill from Samantha Miller started Iowa Mennonite on their run of six points. After some back and forth Louisa-Muscatine actually had a chance to win the set at 24-23 but eventually Iowa Mennonite came out on top 28-26.
During the third set the momentum change was pretty evident around the 17-20 mark as the Iowa Mennonite crowd got into the game and Louisa-Muscatine struggled on defense for the rest of the set.
Iowa Mennonite completed the sweep 25-14, 25-19, 28-26 and moved to 12-9 and Louisa-Muscatine moved to 3-22.
Iowa Mennonite School: 25;25;28
Suzanna Yoder 8
Alyssa Hershberger 7
Raine Hathaway 19
Avery Blauvelt 13
Samantha Miller 26
Raine Hathaway 16-17, 5 aces
Alyssa Hershberger 16-18, 2 aces
Iowa Mennonite was swept on Thursday by Mediapolis 25-21, 25-11, 25-17. Coach Shannon Miller said the “offensive arsenal” of Mediapolis was too much for IMS despite a strong first set.
“We had a difficult time with serve receive last night,” Miller said.
According to Iowa Quik Stats Mediapolis finished the night with 20 aces, 8 of them coming from one player.
Alyssa Hershberger led the team in kills with six and Rubye Ney added five.
Iowa Mennonite School: 21;11;17
Alyssa Hershberger 6
Rubye Ney 5
Suzanna Yoder 10
Raine Hathaway 9
Samantha Miller 8
Avery Blauvelt 12-12, 1 ace
Joya Schrock 8-8, 1 ace
Iowa Mennonite went 1-3 at the Washington High School tournament with a 2-1 win over Sigourney and losses in two sets to Burlington, Class 2A No. 12 Wilton and Wapello.
In their win they were led by Samantha Miller with 5 kills. Suzanna Yoder added 18 digs in that contest.
Iowa Mennonite School: 14;21;15
Iowa Mennonite School: 16;14
Iowa Mennonite School: 7;9
Iowa Mennonite School: 11;24