Falling into a 2-0 deficit, fans might have counted Iowa Lakes out of its match with Southwestern.
But the Lakers made the visitors earn the victory, rallying to take the third and fourth games before falling in the fifth.
When the dust settled, Southwestern left town with a 25-13, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25, 15-10 victory.
Iowa Lakes’ Brandi Demuth (15) and Dani Pettigrew (9) battle for a serve during action against Southwestern Community College on Wednesday in Estherville.
EDN photo by David Swartz
The Lakers jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the fifth and deciding game when Southwestern rattled off six straight points-the last two on a pair of Lake miss-hits.
Iowa Lakes took advantage of a Spartans service error and Christy Wicks stepped up with two big kills as the Lakers rallied to tie the game at 10-10.
But the visitors came up bit, scoring the next five points, three of them on kills, to preserve the victory.
The Lakers' best game was game three as they took a 20-10 lead and held on for the win on a kill by Wicks.
Iowa Lakes jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the fourth game and Southwestern strung seven straight points together to retake the lead. The Lakers scored the next four and held onto the lead the rest of the way.
Wicks finished with a team-high 18 kills Dani Pettigrew had 13 kills and Brandy Demuth had eight.
Pettigrew had five ace services and Mariah Christian had 30 set assists.
Defensively, Nyariak Duop had five blocks while Kiara Garcia had 26 digs, Demuth had 20 digs and Wicks had 11 digs.
Iowa Lakes (4-14 overall, 1-1 in Region play) is at the Johnson County Tournament in Overland Park, Kan. This Friday and Saturday.