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Iowa Lakes brings out the brooms

By Staff | Oct 8, 2009

Iowa Lakes setter Breanna Gourley (1) runs the offense as teammae Amy Novak (5) prepares for the attack.

Iowa Lakes 13-13 record may be a little deceiving.

The Lakers are 5-0 where it counts in their division of Region XI following a sweep of North Iowa Area Community College on Wednesday.

Also 16 of the 26 matches this season have been against teams rated in either Division I or Division II (the Lakers play in Division II).

“We’re getting better,” said Iowa Lakes coach Scott Tschetter. “We’re still making way too many errors for this time of year. We keep telling the freshmen they need to stop playing like freshmen.”

Iowa Lakes started well against the Trojans (11-11, 3-3), who are second in the ICCAC North Division behind the Lakers.

Leah Flaharty successfully digs up a short serve in the Lakers’ home win over NIACC on Wednesday. Find more photos at cu.esthervilledailynews.com.

The Lakers jumped off to a 9-2 lead with solid offense including kills from sophomores Racheal Nelson and Yawen Xiao along with strong serving.

Tschetter said the Lakers had more errors in both the second and third games that kept the match close.

However with a 20-18 lead in the second game, the Lakers won 25-21 and went on to with the third game by the same score.

Tschetter said he hasn’t been concerned with his team’s offense.

Xiao continues to lead the team in kills and had 15 against NIACC. Danika Stindtman, the team’s other strong side hitter, also is playing well and had 10 kills against the Trojans. Breanna Gourley had 29 assists.

“Offensively we’re doing well,” said Tschetter. Yawn and Danika and Racheal are consistent and our middle attack is a little better.”

But the defense is a concern.

“I thought we did a nice job at the net tonight,” Tschetter said.

Mariah Simonson had a team-high seven blocks.

The coach said Leah Flaharty, who is playing the libero position, also is getting better. Flaharty, a 2009 graduate of Graettinger/Terril, had a team-high 17 digs against NIACC.

“She been getting a little better each match, covering the back better and understanding the defense,” Tschetter said.

The Lakers have beaten a few of the rated teams including Butler and North Platte.

“We beat Central College (Neb.) three times,” the coach said. “We’re used to being 20-10 at this point in the season as opposed to 13-13. We’ve been inconsistent and part of that is having so many freshmen on the floor.”

Xiao and Nelson are the only sophomores.

Iowa Lakes returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Central Community College Tournament.