Courier sports staff
The Indian Hills volleyball team is fully aware of how tough it is to earn a win over the Kirkwood Eagles.
In their third match of the season, IHCC had to shake off an opening-game loss to win in four over the Eagles in their third match of the season-opening Southeastern Tournament. Last month, the Warriors scored a five-game win at home against Kirkwood by winning the fifth game 17-15 after trailing 9-3.
On Tuesday night, it was Kirkwood’s turn to rally back for five-game win over IHCC. The fourth-ranked (DII) Eagles bounced back after dropping games two and three by a combined four points to earn a 25-18, 23-25, 24-26, 25-17 and 15-9 win over the Warriors at Johnson Hall.
“We’re a little inconsistent hitting-wise right now. They’re middle hitter really came to life and we created a lot of errors for ourselves,” IHCC head volleyball coach Lyndsey Lyon said.
Ailime deFreitas led IHCC’s 90-93 serving effort with a perfect 16-16 effort while also setting up all 50 kills and contributing on a team-best five blocks. Peyton Crosser added a team-high 15 kills and had the Warriors lone ace serve.
Indian Hills (25-8) will conclude the regular season this weekend in the Jefferson College Invitational in Hillsboro, Mo. IHCC begins the two-day competition on Friday with matches against Missouri State-West Plains at 5 p.m. and Hutchinson at 7 p.m.
“We’ve just been overcome with players being sick or injured. We’re a little bit run down right now,” Lyon said. “We need to come out with an aggressive attitude. We need to be ready to pick up on some points immediately.”
Indian Hills 18-25-26-17-9
Serving — Ailime deFreitas 19-19, Victoria Ita 16-16, Carla Novaes 16-17, Cristaine Vosconcoles 16-17, Peyton Crosser 12-12, Emily Eswonia 9-9, Shelby Lauterbach 2-3. Team 90-93. Aces — Crosser. Team — 1.
Hitting — Novaes 41-48, Crosser 34-39, Eswonia 27-32, Vosconcoles 24-26, Ita 11-14, Lauterbach 8-13, deFreitas 4-6, Jessi Black 2-2. Team 151-180. Kills — Crosser 15, Novaes 12, Vosconcoles 8, Eswonia 5, Ita 5, Lauterbach 3, deFreitas 2. Team — 50.
Setting — deFreitas 50. Team — 50.
Blocks — deFreitas 5, Crosser 4, Eswonia 3, Vosconcoles 3, Novaes 2, Ita. Team — 18.
Digs — Black 27, Novaes 21, Eswonia 16, deFreitas 13, Taylor Delaney 9, Ita 3, Vosconcoles. Team — 90.