OTTUMWA — There are losses, and then there are losses.
The last two defeats suffered by the Indian Hills volleyball team are a classic example of that.
In a 25-17, 17-25, 25-11, 25-19 setback to No. 9 (DI) regional rival Iowa Western last week at the Tom Arnold Net Center, the Warriors showed even in defeat they could play with a national power. So even though they suffered the loss, IHCC took away plenty of positives moving forward with the volleyball season.
Then, on Tuesday, came a 25-21, 25-15, 25-20 setback to Southwestern on the same home court. Indian Hills went from going back and forth with a top-ten nationally ranked power to being swept by an unranked squad the Warriors were one game from sweeping on the road earlier this season.
There are losses, and then there are losses. And the difference really comes down to one key element. Intensity.
“Our intensity was high (last Wednesday) against Iowa Western. We took a game from them, so I know what we’re capable of,” Indian Hills sophomore liebro Kassidy Guihan said. “We came in and let (Southwestern) do whatever we wanted. It’s just a matter of execution. We didn’t execute very well.”
Indian Hills head coach Lyndsey Lyon, meanwhile, was left wondering how the same team that she saw execute so well last Wednesday against the Reivers could not do the same after a six-day break to prepare for Southwestern team that had rallied to beat the Warriors in five games earlier this year.
“To play the way we did against Iowa Western and not play well against Southwestern is disappointing,” Lyon said. “We had (Southwestern’s) respect coming into the match from what we did last Wednesday against Iowa Western, and then we come out here and can’t earn it.”
So what was the difference on Tuesday night? Play at the net seemed to be the biggest where things got decided by the end of the night as the Spartans had the top three attackers in the match and led the Warriors in blocks 12-10 by the end of the night.