IVC netters bounce back

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
IVC senior Olivia Parrott jumps for a slam against U-High Thursday.

The IVC varsity volleyball team is back at it after a three-win streak.

The Lady Grey Ghosts improved its Corn Belt Conference record to 6-11 and overall to 10-20 before entering the final week of regular season action.

The first postseason match will be a Regional game against Manual 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Dunlap.

 At Central

In a non-conference match against Central Oct. 13, IVC was able to earn a two-set victory, 25-6, 26-4.

IVC junior Kylie Milliken led in kills with eight and senior setter Katelyn Heinz closed the match out with four aces.

Junior Briana Cline was the leader of assists with nine overall.

Cline and freshman Katie McMorrow were down low with three digs apiece and senior Shayna VanOstrand had the lone block for IVC.

The IVC JV squad won, 25-13, 25-9, and the freshman won in two sets as well, 25-6, 25-9.

 Vs. Prairie Central

In the second match with Prairie Central Oct. 14, the Lady Grey Ghosts needed just two sets for a league win, 25-20, 25-14.

Heinz was the key figure for the offensive attacks with 19 overall to lead IVC. Heinz also led in aces with three and VanOstrand was kill leader to finish with seven.

Junior Maddy Batek closed out the match with eight digs from the court and Heinz was at the net with two blocks.

 Vs. U-High

To continue the win streak, IVC had a three set win over U-High (17-10, 10-2), 25-16, 12-25, 25-21.

“I think we came out and had that energy, enthusiasm and that’s what pushed us through,” Heinz said.

“We played off their mistakes and kept it strong.”

The Lady Grey Ghosts may have lost the first match with the Pioneers earlier this season, but they struck back strong and early to earn the victory.

Heinz had one of her five blocks to extend the lead in the first set, 10-7.

IVC was able to hold onto that lead and a kill by Hannah Scherer brought the game-high lead to 23-15.

In the second set, IVC struggled to take any ground away from U-High. 

The Pioneer defense shut down Scherer on three separate occasions and its front line were able to find kills across IVC’s court.

“Their middle hitter had everything. We knew we couldn’t run a quick offense because we know she was there and

blocking,” coach Heather Cooper said. “They’ve got a great front row,”

The Lady Grey Ghosts alternated their offensive attack in the third set to try and throw the Pioneers off balance.

VanOstrand scored two for IVC to get the offense rolling and a block by Heinz tied it at 15-15. 

One of Scherer’s 11 kills assisted by freshman Madi Johnson gave the girls the game-long lead on the next point.

For the win, Heinz hooked Scherer up with the assist and the final kill.

Heinz had another successful night running the offense with 25 assists. Johnson and junior Kylie Milliken had one ace apiece.

“We’ve been on a roller coaster throughout the season, but this (win) is especially going to keep us going hot,” Heinz said.

Johnson was also in the air with five block and Batek was instrumental on the ground with 17 digs.

“We practiced with (Milliken),  (Batek) and Abby (Camp) and it seemed to click,” Cooper said.

“Having those three in the back row really helped us out a lot.”

The IVC JV squad fell, 25-20, 25-23, but the freshman pulled through for a win, 25-20, 25-23.

Senior Alexis Eckhoff taps one of her kills over on the Pioneers to help with the three-set win, 25-16, 12-25, 25-21.