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Tough home opener

By Staff | Aug 29, 2008

Iowa Lakes freshman Rachael Nelson had six blocks in the Lakers’ loss to Iowa Western on Thursday. EDN photo by David Swartz

When you’re a Division II school, opening the season against a top Division I school isn’t easy-especially against at top-flight team like Iowa Western.

However, the Iowa Lakes squad showed marked improvement in a 3-0 loss to Iowa Western on Thursday.

The visitors won 25-19, 25-11 and 25-13.

“I was concerned coming in because Iowa Western had been holding most teams to single digits,” said Iowa Lakes coach Scott Tschetter. “They’re also the only team we’ve seen that is bigger than we are.”

The Reivers started five players 6-feet or taller.

Behind a boisterous home crowd, the Lakers took an early 4-2 lead in game one which include a block by freshman Rachael Nelson for the first point and a kill by sophomore Teegan Hunziker for the second point.

Then Iowa Western went on a 7-0 run from which the Lakers could never quite recover. Falling behind by nine several times, the Lakers closed the gap back to six late with an ace serve by Caitlyn Moore and a kill from Erin Jacobsen at 22-16, but the Reivers converted side-outs to close the game.

Iowa Western jumped out to an early lead in game two, but the Lakers only trailed 6-4 after a slice kill by Jacobsen. But the Reivers pulled away with a 5-0 run and eventually pushed the lead to 10.

Game three followed the same pattern at game two after the Reivers took an 11-3 lead and cruised to the victory.

Tschetter, whose team posted a 1-6 record at the Iowa Western Tournament last weekend, said his team had improved greatly in a week.

“If we had played like this last weekend, we could’ve gone 4-3 or 5-2,” he said. “We got better in a week, but some players are still tentative. Hopefully, they’ll come out of that. We also were tentative defensively and we need people flying around.”

Iowa Lakes (1-7) hosts its tournament today in Estherville. Play begins at 3 p.m.