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Streaks of play filled with errors pushed Iowa Mennonite to an 0-3 day at the Fairfield quad.
Iowa Mennonite (0-3) faced off against Fairfield, Albia and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and dropped all in straight sets.
“We just didn’t rise to the occasion when we needed to, especially in the first two matches with unforced errors and lack of communication,” said Iowa Mennonite coach Shannon Miller.
Iowa Mennonite opened up the night against E-B-F and five straight points for Iowa Mennonite brought the first set to 18-18. From there the teams battled to a 20-20 tie, but five straight service errors for Iowa Mennonite eventually led to a 26-24 set win for E-B-F. The second set went to E-B-F 25-21.
Iowa Mennonite lost to Albia 2-0 (25-13, 25-14) and never seemed to get in a rhythm during the match. Iowa Mennonite had 13 kill errors and a -0.113 kill efficiency during the match.
The finale of the night came against Class 4A No. 13 Fairfield. Fairfield won in two sets (25-13, 25-13) during a match that was never in close contention.
Despite the losses, Miller said it was valuable for the team to play against competition from higher classes that are better than them because it makes the team better.
“It gives us really good experience to play against a Fairfield and an Eddyville, because we don’t really see that level of play too often and we don’t have that level of play to practice against,” she said.
Miller said the positives of the night came from players new to the varsity squad. Abby Fritz, Katelyn Lehman, Danae McGaffey and Yuliana Montes de Oca all saw their first significant varsity time and learned quickly on the court according to Miller.
“I really liked how my back row came together and communicated real well and how some of the new players were getting more engaged and figured out what was going on,” Miller said.
Iowa Mennonite: 13; 13
Fairfield: 25; 25
Iowa Mennonite: 14; 15
Albia: 25; 25
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont: 26; 25
Iowa Mennonite: 24; 21