ICCAC volleyball is now in full swing as the Division I conference season has started. On the Division II side, four sweeps Wednesday night composed the scorelines from around the region.
Division I Conference Matches
#2 Iowa Western def. Marshalltown, 3-0
Iowa Western returned from Texas with four wins and continued their remarkable start to the 2017 season with a sweep over Division I ICCAC foe Marshalltown on Tuesday night in Council Bluffs. The Reivers dominated from the start, taking the first set, 25-11. The Reivers continued that trend through the next two sets; adding 25-12 and another 25-11 set win to their record.
Iowa Western improved to 9-0 on the season, including winning 12 of 13 sets last weekend in Dallas, Texas. The Reivers defeated then #2 Panola 3-1 and #17 Tyler in straight sets. The Reivers also picked up sweeps over North Central Texas and Blinn. The road doesn't get any easier for the Reivers. They travel to formerly ninth-ranked Missouri State-West Plains on Friday. The Reivers then again hit the road to face No. 7 Indian Hills in what will be a great conference match.
Marshalltown drops their fourth in a row after winning their first seven of the season. All four of the Tigers losses have come to ranked Division I or II teams. The Tigers now face several ICCAC DII squads in five of their next six matches before a showdown at home versus Indian Hills.
Indian Hills, with a bye in Division I ICCAC conference play this week traveled to Kansas last weekend to face a host of stiff competition. The Warriors left Barton, Kan. without losing a set, including a very impressive sweep of then #6 Western Nebraska. The Warriors now move on to face Jefferson (Mo.) on Sept. 8 before hosting #2 Iowa Western next Wednesday in what may be the most enticing conference match of the season.
Division II Conference Matches
#11 Kirkwood def. NIACC, 3-0
#11 Kirkwood swept NIACC (25-19, 25-11, 25-21) on Wednesday night. Alexa Whipple was a key part in the Kirkwood win leading the team in kills with 11 and also leading the team with 10 digs. Lauren Keane played a big role with 20 assists, while Grace Swenning also had 11 assists. NIACC's Hannah Wagner hagrd double-digit kills and digs, with 10 in each category. Amanda Borden and Sammi Hyde also had double digit digs with 12 and 11 respectively. Sydney Roush led NIACC with 15 assists. NIACC falls to 1-5 this season and 0-2 in conference. Kirkwood tacks on another win going to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
#14 Iowa Central def. Southwestern, 3-0
#14 Iowa Central took down Southwestern in ICCAC volleyball action. Iowa Central won in three sets. The tightly contested opening set was won 26-24 by the Tritons. Sets two and three went Iowa Central's way 25-14 and 25-18. The Triton's Gabby Sullivan led the team with seven kills and Kayla Faldet was right behind her with six kills. Abby Lohrmann had 19 assists on the night. Michele O'Haver came off the bench and led the team with 16 digs while Liza Hatcher and Kayla Faldet each had 10 digs as well. Iowa Central is still perfect on the year 9-0 and in conference with a 2-0 record. Southwestern goes to 4-9 this season while going back to .500 in conference at 1-1.
(RV) Northeast def. Iowa Lakes, 3-0
Last night Northeast Community College defeated Iowa Lakes Community College in straight sets. The first set was a close battle with Northeast taking the set 26-24. The second set Northeast handled fairly easily winning 25-16. Northeast finished off the match with a final set score of 25-21. RaeAhna Harmon and Katie Kracht led Iowa Lakes with 12 and 10 kills each. Jazmin Benally led the Lakers with 16 assists with Brittany Butler tallying 14 assists. Maggie Baker led the team with 24 digs and Harmon was second with 15. Northeast was led by Monique Schafer who had 12 kills and 14 digs. Macy Stewart also had 14 digs while Savannah Nelson had 11 digs and 33 assists. Northeast goes to 7-5 while remaining undefeated in conference at 2-0. Iowa Lakes drops to 3-9 this year and winless in the conference at 0-2.
Southeastern def. Ellsworth, 3-0
Both teams went into Wednesday night needing a conference win. Southeastern took it in Iowa Falls by defeating Ellsworth in straight sets. The Blackhawks won the first set 25-19 then edged Ellsworth 26-24 to win the second set. Southeastern finished the match with a 25-19 set victory. Nicole Nielsen led the effort for the Panthers, recording 10 kills and eight digs. Teammate Myriana Martinez recrded 18 digs in defense. Southeastern picked up the valuable conference win to move to 1-1 in ICCAC play. Ellsworth, in just their first match of the conference schedule, fell to 0-1
#19 DMACC had the bye in DII conference play this week. The Bears faced defeated Central JV 3-0 Wednesday night after dropping a match to MCC-Longview on the road the night before.