A couple of top teams in the Southeast Iowa Superconference will clash in volleyball tonight, when the Winfield- Mt. Union Wolves travel to IMS.
This weekend, it was IMS who got the better of WMU, sweeping them on their way to an undefeated tournament championship.
WMU head coach Dave Pieart said on top of IMS having a really good day of volleyball on Saturday, his team didn’t play their best either.
“Certainly on Saturday [IMS] was playing better than any other team at the tournament, they went undefeated and won it, I also thought that we did things that weren’t characteristic of us, so I definitely think there is room for improvement on our side,” Pieart said. “You know maybe [IMS] isn’t quite as hot as they were on Saturday, [tonight] we shall see.”
WMU is 9-5 this season and is led in kills by Erica Robinson with 73 kills on the season. Shelby Therme has 19 aces and leads the team in digs with 96. Brooke Jennings has 107 assists and Emily Mathews is the wall up front with 24 blocks.
IMS is 9-6 this season and is led by Olivia Yutzy in the kill category with 138. Casey Perez has 21 aces on the season and leads the team in assists with 207, while Kristin Davis leads the team in digs with 124 and Natalie Graber has 18 blocks.
IMS head coach Dwight Gingerich said the team that can correct the most from the weekend mistakes will get the mark in the win column.
“I think both teams come in with a little bit more awareness of what the other team is doing, at the same time though at least for us, I think it’s about just trying to improve where we’re at and eliminate errors, and volleyball is a game that there is a lot of momentum involved and errors at a certain time can kind of repeat and snowball and you can play really poorly in stretches or you can play really well, and I think those kind of streaks are a bigger part earlier in the season, and I think as we go into the match tonight both teams will be trying to eliminate those errors that were made Saturday and probably the team that can do that best is going to come out on top,” Gingerich said.
IMS and WMU play tonight at IMS with first serve starting after the JV and Freshmen games at 5:30.