IMS volleyball team knocked out of regionals

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


WINFIELD ? It just wasn?t clicking for the Iowa Mennonite volleyball team in Monday night?s regional quarterfinal game in Winfield.

IMS fell in three sets to a W-MU, a team they hadn?t lost to all year. The Wolves won sets 25-6, 27-25 and 25-14.

The first set was all W-MU. The Wolves scored 11 of the first 12 points of the night, getting a long serve streak from Jami Wilkerson and four kills from Lexee Hartsock to open up an 11-1 lead.

IMS cut the lead down to one posession at 12-3 on a Suzanna Yoder kill, but W-MU continued to roll, thanks in part to four kills and two blocks from Jenna Buffington, and finished off a dominant 25-6 win.

IMS came out swinging in the second set and made it the tightest game of the night by far. IMS got a handfull of kills from Samantha Miller throughout the first half of the game and went back and forth with the Wolves all set.

The second set was tied an astounding 13 times, including 22-22 after a block from Yoder and Rubye Ney. Hershberger served an ace on the next point and IMS took a late lead.

The two teams traded points to bring the IMS lead to 24-23, but Buffington tied it up with another kill, and Lauren Jamison had a kill of her own to put the Wolves up 25-24.

Ney came up with a big kill to tie the game at 25-25, but the next IMS serve was long and Buffington ended the game with an ace to take the second set 27-25.

The Wolves snatched back momentum after the second set. Kyndal Townsley had a long serve streak with a couple aces to help the Wolves get out to a 9-4 lead, and W-MU never looked back, pulling away with the third set 25-14, and stunning IMS with a sweep.

Ney led IMS with 10 kills on the day. Yoder finished the game with four kills and Hershberger had three.

Raine Hathaway and Yoder each finished the game with 17 digs to co-lead the team. Miller had 11 digs, and led the team with 15 assists.

IMS was 39-46 on the serve with two aces. Hershberger and Miller each finished the game with one ace each.

W-MU was led by Buffington, who finished with 16 kills. Hartsock had 13 kills and Liana Sweezer had four.

Jamison finished the game with 23 assists on the day. Buffington, Hartsock, Pearl Krieger-Coble and Sweezer each had one block.

The Wolves didn?t miss a serve all night. They went 79-79 with seven aces. Townsley had three aces, Jamison finished with two and both Buffington and Wilkerson had one.

IMS finished the year 15-14. W-MU moved to 14-18 with the win. The Wolves will take on No. 14 HLV in the regional semifinals on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.