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September 19, 2013

IHCC meets the challenge of national power Iowa Western

OTTUMWA — No, maybe it wasn’t the ultimate result Indian Hills head volleyball coach Lyndsey Lyon was looking for on Wednesday night.

The ultimate result against the ninth-ranked (DI) Iowa Western Reivers would have been to take three games from the former national champions and decade-long kingpins of Region XI. That would have given IHCC the first match victory over the national powerhouse from Council Bluffs since 2005, the last season the Warriors made it to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

But after being swept by the Reivers not once, not twice, not three times but four times in her first year as the Warriors head coach, Lyon was more than happy to finally watch her team win a game against the Reivers.

It wasn’t until after the match on Wednesday that Lyon looked back at the final game scores and realized that not only did IHCC finally take a game from the Reivers, but matched Iowa Western’s first game win. In other words, for the first two games on Wednesday night, Lyon watched her Warriors play ninth-ranked Iowa Western dead even for two full games.

“You know what? Yeah, even and right there with them after two games,” Lyon said.

Now, it’s a matter of figuring out how to be better for two more games than the Reivers. That is still a challenge the Warriors need to conquer.

“If only we hadn’t quite fallen off in that third game,” Lyon said. “Those first 10 serves of the third game just came at us so fast. Even I couldn’t believe how fast they got ahead.”

After splitting two 25-17 decisions Wednesday night at the Tom Arnold Net Center, a run of 11-straight points helped the Reivers respond to the challenge of Indian Hills. Iowa Western scored 37 of the next 51 points after IHCC evened the regional showdown, a run that would prove to be enough of a cushion for the Reivers to get out of Ottumwa with a 25-17, 17-25, 25-11, 25-19 victory.

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