IHCC carried that momentum into the early portions of the fifth, scoring the first five points and holding off one charge by the Grizzlies to open an 11-7 lead. The constant attack of the Grizzlies, led by 22 kills from sophomore Helena Peric, proved to be too much as a final 8-1 run allowed West Plains (9-11) to head home with the hard-fought win.
“It was a good battle and I think it shows we are starting to put a consistent line-up out there,” Warrior freshman setter Katie Soddy said. “I know there were a few moments we got a little too comfortable, but it always feels good to rally back and force the fifth game from as far back as we were.”
Soddy was coming off her best performance of her young IHCC volleyball career on Friday. The Warriors 25-13, 25-22, 25-19 win in Fort Dodge over the Tritons featured a team-best 14 assists by the Milton, Wisconsin native.
Katie did a great job of spreading out the ball to get our hitters started off strong (against Iowa Central), Lyon said. “They never looked back after that. Our blocking was outstanding. If we weren't killing balls offensively, it was because our block didn't allow the ball to come over the net.”
Soddy continued to distribute the ball on Monday, setting seven other teammates for attacks while adding her own presence at the net. Soddy teamed with Peyton Crosser, who led IHCC with 15 kills and eight blocks, on several defensive stops at the net to help rally the Warriors into a fifth game.
“I’ve kind of haven’t been feeling as invested in the program at times being a freshman,” Soddy said after chipping in five blocks in the match. “As the year has gone on, I’ve felt a lot more dedication to Indian Hills and to play as tough as I can just like when I was in high school.”