Regular season finale
FORT DODGE – The Iowa Lakes volleyball team wrapped up its regular season with a 4-1 record at the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Crossover Tournament in Fort Dodge on Friday and Saturday.
The Matches included a 2-1 win over No. 10 Kirkwood and a 2-1 loss to No. 6 Des Moines Area Community College.
Friday’s match opened with a 19-25, 25-22, 15-13 win over Kirkwood followed by a 2-0 sweep over Clinton, 25-17, 25-11 and sweep over Southwestern, 25-15, 25-18.
Coach Tschetter’s team last played Kirkwood during the Lakers’ Labor Day Tournament.
“I was confident we could beat them, but they were also a lot better and scrappy,” the coach said. “We made enough mistakes to keep them in it.”
Leading the way on Friday were Yawen Xiao with 24 kills and Erin Jacobsen with 15.
Alison Albers had 58 set assists along with seven blocks. Xiao had eight blocks.
Teegan Hunziker had a team-high 37 digs and six ace serves.
On Saturday, Iowa Lakes began with a 25-17, 25-14 win over Southeastern before losing to DMACC 25-17, 25-27, 15-9.
Tschetter said the Lakers had a few extra serving errors that helped the Bears.
“We also had some defensive problems, we should have avoided,” he said.
The second game with DMACC was a seesaw battle.
“Everybody played hard. They’d get a little lead and we’d come back. Then we’d get a lead and they’d come back.”
In the third game, the Lakers jumped out to an early lead, but then suddenly stalled in one of their rotations.
“Suddenly we were down 8-4 and we couldn’t come back,” Tschetter said. “Our blocking broke down-we were there, we just weren’t penetrating the net.”
Xiao had 20 kills and Jacobsen had 16.
Albers had 48 set assists along with eight blocks. Jacobsen had six blocks.
Hunziker had 16 digs and three ace serves. Xiao had four ace serves.
Iowa Lakes ends the season with a 28-21 overall record, 12-1 in the conference and 8-0 in the region.
The Lakers begin postseason play at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Regional Tournament at Marshalltown Community College. The Lakers will play the winner of the North Iowa Area Community College vs. Ellsworth.
Coach Tschetter said NIACC might be the Lakers’ opponent.
“NIACC blocks relatively well and that gave us some problems the last time we played them,” he said.
The winner of the 5 p.m. matchup will play the Iowa Central/Marshalltown winner on Saturday.