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Blocking to victory

By Staff | Oct 2, 2008

Iowa Lakes’ Rachael Nelson (10) and Caitlyn Moore (9)played their role at the net in helping the Lakers to a 3-1 win over NIACC on Wednesday. EDN photo by David Swartz

MASON CITY – In 2007, Iowa Lakes had good jump servers that gave the Lakers easy points.

This year, Iowa Lakes has had to look elsewhere to find some of those points and often it comes at the net-in blocks.

On Wednesday, the Lakers recorded 38 points off blocks against North Iowa Area Community College in a 3-1 victory.

Alison Albers, who leads the nation in blocks per game, continued her dominance with 10 total and Caitlin Moore had eight.

The Lakers had to switch up the team a bit with Yawen Xiao out with an injury, but still pulled out the 25-23, 25-13, 23-25, 25-12 win.

“For switching things around in one day, we did OK,” said Iowa Lakes coach Scott Tschetter. “We passed and played defense OK and our net play was good.”

Albers had 33 set assists on the night.

Middle hitter Erin Jacobsen led the attack wit 17 kills. Teegan Hunziker contributed 13 kills along with 13 digs.

Libero Martha Stover led the defense with 21 digs.

The victory keeps Iowa Lakes perfect in region play in six contests as the Lakers improve to 17-13 overall.

Iowa Lakes returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Indian Hills Tournament.