Indianola would eventually gain seven game points. Ottumwa fought off three, but not the fourth as a Lexi Parker kill ended a 21-16 opening game.
“We do this every weekend. We play back-to-back matches all the time and we’re used to the rhythm, so I don’t that had a negative impact on us,” Carson said. “I thought we played great defense all night, which we always seem to do against Indianola. In the end, they have a great server and couple of great hitters. It took everything our girls had to keep the ball alive and stay in the game.”
The attacking presence of the Indians proved in the end to be too much. Junior Kristian Quijano scored on nine kills against the Bulldogs, including six in game two as Indianola never trailed and pulled away to end the night early at Evans Gym with a 21-11 victory.
And while the loss drops Ottumwa to 12-21 overall, the 5-1 Metro mark leaves the Bulldogs alone in second place in the conference with just one team ahead of them. Besides a fourth meeting of the season with that team, Indianola, the Bulldog spikers will see another conference foe they will become quite familiar with over the next couple of weeks as OHS opens the Metro Conference Tournament bright and early Saturday morning against Des Moines Roosevelt.
“We’re going to see Roosevelt at the Metro Tournament, then we host them on Tuesday for senior night and we’ve drawn them to open the postseason,” Carson said. “It’s important for us to come right out on Saturday and set the tone against them and show we have all the confidence in the world that we can beat them.”
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