Courier sports staff
---- — 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.
Instead, IHCC never even gained the advantage on the scoreboard until the third game of the match. By then, the first two games went to Iowa Western to mathematically clinch the regional title.
Iowa Western didn’t even allow IHCC to duplicate its effort from earlier in the year. Down 22-20 in game three, the Reivers scored the final five points of the match to avoid dropping a second game this year to the Warriors.
Sophomore Shelby Lautherbach led IHCC once again at the net against the Reivers, scoring on nine kills in the contest as the Warriors lost the battle at the net with Iowa Western outhitting IHCC, 37-25 in kills. Freshman Stephanie Rodriguez came up with two of the Warriors’ four ace serves while freshman setter Katie Soddy had 21 assists for head coach Lydnsey Lyon’s squad.
IHCC (13-15, 0-2) will have to wait until the postseason to get a chance at ending Iowa Western’s run of 17-straight match wins in the regional rivalry series. Before that, Indian Hills will return home for a doubleheader of action as the Warriors host Grand View JV at 4:30 p.m. and William Penn JV at 7 tonight at the Tom Arnold Net Center.
Indian Hills (13-15, 0-2) 15 14 22
Iowa Western (27-3, 2-0) 25 25 25
IHCC Statistics (kills-aces-blocks-set assists): Marlee Lindstrom 0-0-0-0, Kassidy Guihan 0-0-0-0, Kaylee Scholten 0-0-0-1, Katie Soddy 0-0-0-21, Stephanie Rodriguez 1-2-0-0, Mackenzie Felt 0-0-0-0, Camila Araujo 6-0-0-0, Shelby Lauterbach 9-1-0-0, Ramiah St. Fleur 2-0-1-0, Mirela Vasconcelos 6-0-0-0, Peyton Crosser 2-1-0-1.
IWCC Statistics (kills-aces-blocks-set assists): Casey Curran 0-0-0-0, Emily Jones 1-2-2-1, Aly Dawson 13-1-0-1, Kathia Sanchez 0-1-0-30, Kassidy Sullivan 9-1-2-0, Elly Targy 0-0-0-1, Madison Halterman 0-0-0-0, Calvineka Lockhart 8-0-0-0, Sydney Nelson 6-0-2-0.