Iowa Western’s volleyball team faced one of the school’s toughest rivals Wednesday night, and the Reivers didn’t mess around.
IWCC, ranked second in the country, dominated the first set against No. 16 Indian Hills and went on to a three-set sweep at Reiver Arena. Scores were 25-16, 25-20 and 25-22.
The Reivers, who won three of four matches last weekend in a tournament at Polk State College (Fla.), continued the strong play early in Wednesday night’s match. That helped set the tone, coach Alicia Williams said.
“I think it was good to get some of the jitters out of the way. When you have a big home game like that, sometimes your emotions can get away from you. It helped get us in rhythm.”
Williams said sophomore defensive specialist Ariana Macies did “a good job of taking control.” She finished with 12 digs and six set assists.
Irina Alekseeva, meanwhile, led the attack with 15 kills, followed by 10 from Genesis Sheridan. Williams also said sophomore setter Hina Pua’a was “really active, which was good to see.”
The Reivers improved to 9-1, with their only loss to top-ranked Miami Dade at last week’s tournament. They next play Saturday at 17th-ranked Missouri State-West Plains.
Indian Hills 16 20 22
IWCC (9-1) 25 25 25
IWCC (kills-aces-blocks): Bryn Stansberry 0-0-0, Savannah Downing 0-0-0, Irina Alekseeva 15-2-0, Ariana Macies 0-0-0, Kelsey Havel 7-0-2, Genesis Sheridan 10-0-3, Brooklynn McCain 0-1-0, Morgan Bossler 5-1-1, Kortlyn Henderson 9-0-1, Hina Pua’a 3-0-0.
Set assists: Macies 6, Pua’a 39. Digs: Stansberry 1, Downing 1, Alekseeva 3, Macies 12, Havel 6, Sheridan 2, McCain 4, Bossler 1, Pua’a 5.
IWCC men 4, Southeastern 0
Iowa Western’s men’s soccer team got its first shutout of the season Wednesday, turning back Southeastern 4-0 at the Reiver Soccer Complex.
The Reivers scored twice in each half and played strong defense to support goalkeeper Georgios Sampatakos.
“They only had a few shots, but he made really good saves when he needed to,” IWCC coach Jordan Carver said. “When they did get through, they had really good chances.”
Nathan Monne had a goal and assist for IWCC.
The Reivers, ranked No. 6 in the national junior-college preseason poll, fell out of the rankings after a 1-1-1 start. Carver said that while he was happy with the win, the team has a way to go.
“I don’t think there’s an urgency based on decisions that have been made on and off the field to prepare for the postseason,” he said.
Southeastern 0 0–0
Iowa Western (2-1-1) 2 2–4
Goals: IWCC, Thei Tio, Vicente Gallardo, Nathan Monne, Quinton Kipara.
Assists: IWCC, Natinael Ayalew, Theo Le Calve, Raul Menegetti, Monne.
IWCC women 14, Southeastern 0
Iowa Western’s 11th-ranked women’s soccer team bounced back with a vengeance from its first loss of the season Friday to drub Southeastern 14-0 on Wednesday at Reiver Soccer Complex.
Southeastern gave the Reivers some early help, as a pair of own goals in the first 10 minutes expanded a 1-0 lead to 3-0 and started Iowa Western on its way.
Three Reivers had hat tricks: Laura Chavez, Kauany Sousa and Ashley Overberg. Chavez and Alex Boss added assists.
Coach Adam Sanchez said he was glad the Reivers did not let down.
“It’s a challenge, and the girls responded with the way they played,” he said.
The Reivers will face a different kind of challenge this weekend when defending national champion Tyler (Texas) comes to town. The match will start at 2 p.m.
“Today was a step in the right direction,” Sanchez said. “We’ll need to play better this weekend.”
Southeastern 0 0 –0
Iowa Western (2-1) 7 7–14
Goals: IWCC: Laura Chavez 3, Ashley Overberg 3, Kauany Sousa 3, Paola Ochoa, Anyeli Solarte, Alex Boss, 2 own goals.
Assists: Chavez 2, Boss 2, Abby Hall, Jill Manhart, Paige Moser, Moriah Lucas.