Lakers challenge Reivers
In recent years when Iowa Western came to town, the Reivers simply swept Iowa Lakes in three games and then rested for following day’s Laker Tournament.
On Thursday, it appeared history would repeat itself as the Reivers took the first two games by identical scores of 25-15.
But then something happened. Iowa Lakes jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third game and although Iowa Western tied the game at 7-7, the Lakers retook the lead and held it the rest of the way to win 25-22.
The Lakers kept the momentum for the next game and broke away from a 17-17 tie to win 25-21 and force a fifth game.
Iowa Western finally regrouped jumping out a a 5-1 lead in the fifth game. The Lakers rallied back twice within a point-both on kills by Rachael Nelson before the visitors finally held on for a 15-12 victory.
Iowa Lakes coach Scott Tschetter said the difference in the games was a result of more effort.
“Had we played all five games the way we did for the third and fourth games, we might have got the win,” he said. “We have a young team though and they need to have the confidence to know what they can and can’t do.
“When they had success that went a little harder,” he said.
Three Lakers reached double digits in kills led by Yawn Xiao with 18. Danika Stindtman had 15 while Rachael Nelson had 11.
Xiao also led the Laker defense with 26 digs.
Setter Breanna Gourley had 46 assists.
The Laker middle hitters, Amy Novak and Mariah Simonson, each had five blocks.
Stindtman, Nelson and Gourley each had two ace serves.
Iowa Lakes (2-3) hosts the start of its tournament today with the Lakers playing Central Community College at 4 p.m. and McHenry College at 8 p.m.
Saturday’s play starts at 9 a.m.