IWC volleyball can’t weather the StormTigers fall to Simpson, players receive awards for efforts in season-opening tournaments
INDIANOLA — The Iowa Wesleyan College volleyball team struggled against the balanced attack of Simpson College on Wednesday night in Indianola.
After a long weekend at the Monmouth Invitational and the Washington University Invitational, the Tigers came out flat against the Storm, falling in three straight sets (25-14, 25-13 and 26-24).
Despite losing the first two sets quickly, the Tigers refused to give up.
They hung tough in the third set, eventually taking a 21-18 lead. However, the Storm powered back with an 8-3 run to steal the win and take the match.
The Tigers managed just 15 kills on the night, while the Storm recorded 39 kills as a team, led by Tabitha Blaser with 10.
The Tigers were led by Dakota Flesner who had five kills in the match. Flesner added nine digs as well.
Logan Chiri recorded a team-high 12 digs for the Tigers on the night.
Lindsey Johnson had 12 assists and nine digs. Erica Rookstool served two aces.
The Tigers fall to 1-5 on the year while the Storm improve to 4-0.
The loss comes on the heels of honors for two of the Tigers after their season-opening tournaments.
Johnson, a junior from Cedar Rapids, was voted the USCAA “Setter of the Week” this week after her huge weekend at the Monmouth Invitational and the Washington University Invitational for the Tigers.
It was Johnson’s first action for the purple and white, and she recorded 113 assists in five matches. She also had 44 digs and 11 kills on the weekend.
Johnson’s play also earned her an All-Tournament team selection at the Washington University Invitational on Sunday.
Flesner, another newcomer to the Tigers, played strong on Saturday, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team at the Monmouth Invitational.
A sophomore from Payson, Ill., Flesner had a great start to her career as a Tiger, leading the offense with 34 kills at Monmouth. She played strong defensively as well, tallying 43 digs on Saturday.
IWC returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 7, as the Tigers travel to AIB College of Business in Des Moines.
They are set to play the host team at 4 p.m. and then will take on St. Mary’s at 6 p.m.
The Tigers open at home on Wednesday, Sept. 11, when they host Webster University.