Whether a team is ranked or not, the Iowa Lakes Volleyball Team promises the opponent a close match.
But the Lakers inability to close out matches this season has led to a 9-27 season.
Iowa Lakes' most recent loss came against ninth-ranked Iowa Central on Wednesday.
Iowa Lakes’ Mariah Christian (8) sets up teammate Christy Wicks (7) as Sunday Duop (10) watches the play develop. The Lakers lost 3-1 to No. 9 Iowa Central on Wednesday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
After taking the first game 25-22, the Tritons rallied to win the next three 27-25, 25-18, 25-22.
"We're basically a kill away in each of these games-in the second game, we were one kill away and maybe two or three kills away in the fourth game," said Iowa Lakes coach Scott Tschetter. "We're right there with everyone-we just haven't figured it out yet."
The Lakers had two chances to in the second set. They led 24-23 when the visitors came up with a kill to tie it at 2r-24. A hitting error by the Tritons gave the Lakers another chance. But Iowa Central closed out the game with three straight kills to steal the win.
Even with the momentum favoring the Tritons, the Lakers trailed by just one, 16-15, when the visitors put together a 9-3 run to finish the game.
In the final game, Iowa Lakes rallied from an 18-13 deficit to get within one at 20-19.
This time, a couple Laker miscues including a net call and an overpass on a serve that led to an easy kill allowed Iowa Central to take a 24-19 lead. The Lakers made a small rally with the next three points, but the Tritons' Nadia Morneau closed out the match with a cross-court kill.
Christy Wicks led the Laker attack with 18 kills while Brandi Demuth finished with 17 and Dani Pettigrew had 14.
DeMuth finished with three ace serves.
Defensively, Kiara Garcia had 42 digs and Pettigrew had 23. Maicee Allen had five blocks.
It was the final home match for sophomores Wicks and Pettigrew.
Iowa Lakes travels to the Kishwaukee Tournament this Friday and Saturday.