OTTUMWA — It's been one full week since the Indian Hills volleyball has been on the floor for a match.
That long layoff between the end of the regular season and the start of the postseason has made it start to feel like a ‘second season’ is truly about to begin for the Warrior spikers. It’s also made the Warriors somewhat restless with nothing to do but practice for the District D Super Regional Tourney.
Because of that, it isn’t hard to tell when the IHCC volleyball team has been at practice this week in the Tom Arnold Net Center.
“We’re just down here trying to get focused for the postseason, but we’re also trying to have some fun this week,” sophomore liebro Kassidy Guihan said. “Today (Wednesday), we wore crazy t-shirts to practice. We’re just trying to mix things up.”
“We’ve changed the pace up a little bit this week and made practice a lot more fun,” IHCC head volleyball coach Lyndsey Lyon added. “You get to this point of the season, bodies are tired. I think a lot of girls that might have had injuries earlier in the season are starting to feel better. I think the girls are really getting better prepared for the postseason.”
After a week of making plenty of noise during practice, the Warrior spikers are hoping to make just as much noise this weekend in Council Bluffs. After a 17-21 regular season, IHCC is hoping to be a surprise national tournament qualifier by outlasting five other teams that will compete at Kanesville Arena in the double-elimination district tournament.
“I think everyone here really wants it,” sophomore Peyton Crosser said. “If each of us does our part, we can be pretty successful this weekend.”
Second-year head coach Lindsey Lyon has certainly noticed a change in the attitude of her team this week as they prepare for postseason play. Besides the urgency of four sophomores who will be playing to extend their IHCC volleyball playing days, a host of freshmen that have gone through the rigors of the regular season are also expected to start playing at that two-year level.