The #14 IMS volleyball team continued their postseason dominance Friday night breaking out the brooms for a third straight match in the sweep of Belle Plaine. The Plaineswomen were the team that eliminated IMS from the postseason last year. IMS ran out to a 7-2 lead early and used an eight point run in the middle of game one to take it 25-18. IMS took game two by the same 25-18 score leading throughout. Game three was taken over by Casey Perez for IMS. The Iowa Mennonite setter tallied seven kills, two blocks, eight assists, and an ace in that game alone helping IMS complete the sweep 25-17. Following the match Perez talked about her run in game three.
“I try not to let it get to me, it was amazing,” Perez said. “I just have to remember I have other teammates, I can’t just take over the game, but every time I have to ball, just be smart with it and do with it what I can, and that is what I try to do and it was successful.”
Iowa Mennonite was led on the night by Olivia Yutzy’s 11 kills. Perez had 14 assists, Kristin Davis added 15 digs and Hannah Miller, Demi Brezina and Perez were a combined 46 of 47 with six aces. IMS Head Coach Dwight Gingerich talked about the team win following the match.
“We were fortunate to play well for long stretches, I thought Casey Perez did a great job controlling the match for us, not only with her setting, but with some big kills from Casey tonight. Her teammates kind of became her setters tonight and Casey did a great job making plays,” Gingerich said. “Hannah Miller did a great job in the back row, I thought Kristen Davis was outstanding, Riley Schmieder had some good swings and Natalie Graber with some blocks against [Kameo] Pope. We were able to make enough plays to give our young players confidence against her.”
IMS is now 26-9 on the season and advances to the regional final Wednesday night at Center Point Urbana. IMS will meet #2 Janesville who won three games to zero over Don Bosco Friday night. The winner of Wednesday night’s match advances to the state tournament in Cedar Rapids.