Iowa Lakes volleyball coach Scott Tschetter said his team showed 100 percent improvement in their play against Iowa Western compared to Tuesday's match against Indian Hills.
But it still wasn't good enough to beat the Reivers, who won 25-16, 25-21, 25-16.
"We made a lot few mistakes," Tschetter said. "Especially mental ones."
Iowa Lakes libero Kiara Garcia digs up a serve during play against Iowa Western on Thursday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
The Lakers trailed 23-12 in the first set before making a four-point run. Iowa Western then closed out the match.
Iowa Lakes' best game of the night was the second. The Reivers started to pull away early in the match, but the Lakers rallied to tie the game at 14-14.
The visitors responded with a 5-1 run.
Iowa Western pulled away to 23-17. Christy Wicks had three kills in helping the Lakers pull within 24-21, before the Reivers ended the game on a kill of their own.
In the final game, the Reivers jumped out to a 14-7 lead and stretched their advantage to as many as 10 before winning 25-16.
Wicks led Iowa Lakes with seven kills, 12 digs and two blocks.
Kiara Garcia had 11 digs and Dani Pettigrew had three blocks.
Lexi Schneekloth had 16 set assists and Mariah Christian had two ace serves.
Iowa Lakes (1-6 overall) hosts its tournament today and Saturday.
The Lakers play the Waldorf Junior Varsity at 3 p.m. and Central at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the Lakers play Kirkwood at 9 a.m. and Iowa Western again at 1 p.m.