But for the two young coaches who matched up for the first time on Wednesday, the final results on the scoreboard didn’t necessarily match up with how they felt about their team’s performances.
“It felt like we had control of the games, but it seems like something like that always happens where we’ll get in a slide or a funk and it’s hard to get back into it,” first-year Iowa Western head coach Alicia Williams said of the Reivers. “We have a very talented group, we just have a very young team and we need to put it all together. We’re looking to the end of the season at the point where we’re really going to peak.”
Lyon, meanwhile, couldn’t be happier about the overall performance of her team.
“We may have fallen off a little bit in the third game, but we worked our way back into it as the fourth game went along and we never stopped fighting all night,” Lyon said of the Warriors. “In that second game, we created our own energy. We didn’t make any errors. I’d never have any disappointments with us if we could just play the way we played in that second game against all of our opponents. It was a fun night.”
After a few errors at the net, but more points earned by the Reivers in the opening game during a 9-1 run late in the game to pull away for its 25-17 triumph, Lyon saw her team begin to light up Iowa Western in a way no IHCC team has in quite some time. Peyton Crosser serving, which included back-to-back aces the last of which narrowly clipped the back line, set up the Warriors who began to beat the Reivers at the net on nine consecutive points as Indian Hills opened a sudden 11-4 lead.