IWC volleyball falls twice at AIBTigers open home, conference season on Wednesday
DES MOINES — The Iowa Wesleyan College volleyball team dropped two matches on Saturday, falling to 1-7 on the year.
The Tigers played at the AIB Invitational, taking on the College of St. Mary's (6-3) in their first match of the weekend before playing the host AIB Eagles (3-10) later in the day.
Iowa Wesleyan lost a tough battle with the College of St. Mary's, taking the match to five sets.
The Tigers won the first by a score of 25-21 before falling in sets two and three by matching scores of 25-20. They flipped the tables in the fourth set, coming out on top of a 25-20 decision, before dropping the final set and the match, 15-12.
Then the Tigers went toe-to-toe with the Eagles in their second match, but fell in four close sets to the host team. They lost the first, 25-22, won the second, 25-21, and lost the final two, 25-20 and 25-19.
Dakota Flesner led the Tigers' attack over the weekend, recording 30 kills over the two matches. She added 29 digs as well.
Lindsey Johnson set up Flesner and the Tigers' attackers, recording 79 assists. She also served three aces on the day.
Logan Chiri had 46 digs for the Tigers, including 34 against the College of St. Mary's.
The Tigers will look to rebound as they host their first home match of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
The Tigers will be taking on their first conference opponent of the year, as they host Webster University at 7 p.m. in Ruble Arena.
IWC will face a tough challenge, as Webster (4-2) was picked as the SLIAC Preseason No. 1, while the Tigers (1-7) were picked to finish eighth in the conference’s poll.
The home game will be a “White Out,” so fans are encouraged to wear white to Ruble Arena on Wednesday.