Courier sports staff
CENTRALIA, Ill. —
In the end, the Indian Hills volleyball team just couldn’t get past Iowa Western.
The Warriors gave themselves two shots at the fourth-ranked Reivers over the weekend at the District D Super Regional Tournament, but both times Indian Hills came up just a little bit short.
On Saturday, Iowa Western took a 25-12, 25-12 and 25-17 victory over Indian Hills, giving the Warriors their first loss of the double-elimination tourney.
The defeat meant Indian Hills would have to play a rematch with tourney host Kaskaskia, a team the Warriors had bounced back twice against Friday, rallying from an opening-set loss and 2-1 deficit to win a tough five-set battle 13-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, 15-8.
Saturday’s rematch wasn’t nearly as close. Indian Hills swept the Blue Angels Saturday, 25-19, 25-13 and 25-18 to earn a second shot at Iowa Western on Sunday.
“Great effort after our first tournament loss to fight back and get ourselves a second opportunity to play Iowa Western,” said IHCC coach Lyndsey Lyon. “We put the ball down with aggressive efforts all across the board. Our serve receive was spot on, our defense was great, served aggressive and we put up a strong block. It was lots of fun to watch and the girls had a great time on the court.”
Unfortunately, Iowa Western prevailed with a 3-0, 25-12, 25-10, 26-24 sweep to earn a return trip to the Division I Juco National Tournament.
“Iowa Western was tough both offensively and defensively Saturday and Sunday,” said Lyon. We were able to catch a small fire during the middle of our third set Sunday to push the Reivers to a 26-24 third set loss.”
The loss ended IHCC’s season with a 30-11 overall record.
“I definitely was not ready to see this season come to an end,” said Lyon. “We have a great group of sophomores to replace next year.”
In the Saturday contest against Iowa Western, Emily Eswonia led the way for IHCC with six kills, 10 digs and 10-of-10 serving with one ace. Peyton Crosser added five kills. Jessica Black had 13 digs while Kassidy Guiham added 10. Ailime deFreitas set things up with 21 assists.
In the win Saturday over Kaskaskia, Cristaine Vosconcoles and Eswonia had eight kills each, while Arika Johnson and Carla Novaes each had seven kills. Novaes also had two blocks, while deFreitas had 41 assists, Black had 20 digs and Eswonia served 20-21 with three aces.
In Sunday’s loss to Iowa Western, Crosser, Johnson and Eswonia each had six kills, Black had 18 digs, deFreitas had 25 assists, Eswonia was 11-12 serving while Crosser was 10-11 serving with an ace.