COUNCIL BLUFFS — When Indian Hills took a game from Iowa Western, and played the Reviers dead-even by splitting 84 points evenly through the first two games of the first match between the two teams, it seemed to signal a potential shift in the Region XI rivalry. The eventual four-game loss to Iowa Western left IHCC and head coach Lydnsey Lyon hopeful that seven-year drought for the Warriors against the Reivers was about to come to an end.
On Tuesday night in Council Bluffs, Iowa Western signified that its strangle hold on this rivalry is still quite firmly in place. The Reivers picked up a 25-15, 25-14, 25-22 sweep of the Warriors, sweeping the season series to allow Iowa Western to claim its eighth-straight regular season regional title, a streak that started when current head coach Alicia Williams was a freshman player for the Reivers.
“Every time we hear ‘Indian Hills,’ no matter how good or bad of a team they have, you just want to beat them and want to beat them bad,” Williams told the Daily Nonpareil after claiming her first regional title as a coach after earning two as a player. “It’s just that never-ending rivalry. It was before me. It was during when I was a player. (It’s) now, when I’m coach. It’s going to continue after me too. I think it’s great that we can keep winning.”
Aly Dawson led the Reivers with 13 kills and Kathia Sanchez tallied 30 set assists on a breast cancer awareness “Pink Out” night. Thanks to the second game win IHCC earned in Ottumwa, the Warriors had an opportunity on Tuesday to earn its first regional title over Iowa Western by claiming a sweep or winning in four games while allowing less points than Iowa Western did in the earlier matchup.