IMS takes 2nd at Washington tournament

GTNS photo by Doug Brenneman

Gracie Greiner goes for the block Oct. 6 at Washington’s tournament.
GTNS photo by Doug Brenneman Gracie Greiner goes for the block Oct. 6 at Washington’s tournament.

The Iowa Mennonite School volleyball took second in the annual Washington High School volleyball tournament Saturday, losing to No. 12 (Class 2A) Wilton in the finals, 21-15, 21-10.

Washington won its pool with a 21-14, 21-18 win over Keota, a 21-18, 21-17 win over Sigourney and a 21-9, 15-21, 15-13 win over Wapello.

“The girls overall played the day tremendously well, playing well as a team with great communication and energy,” Washington assistant coach Callyn Mason said. “I saw these girls play some really great volleyball, some of the best I’ve seen them this season. When they come together as a team with the drive to win, they’ve proven they can get it done.”

To reach the finals, IMS defeated Burlington 21-8, 22-24, 15-10, Tri-County 21-4, 21-8, but lost to Wilton 21-13, 21-8 before overcoming Washington 21-18, 21-16.

“This was the third time we played Wilton this season,” IMS coach Shannon Miller said. “The first meeting was at their home tournament earlier in the season, in pool play today, and then in the finals of today’s tournament. Each time we have improved our play against them. They are a good team to play at this point in the season. Their level, and style of play helps prepare us for the upcoming regional tournament. Overall, we had a good tournament. We started out strong, winning our first match of the day, a three-game battle against 4A Burlington. It is always a good start to a tournament by winning the first match of the day.”

Besides the Washington match, Keota lost to Sigourney 21-8, 21-18, lost to Wapello 21-4, 23-21, and lost to Burlington 21-9, 21-7. Addison Swanson had 11 kills for the Eagles. Aaliyah Heldman played five aces. Brianna Duwa put up 18 assists and Addison Sprouse put down seven kills. Lauren Imhoff had 22 digs for Keota (4-16).

Kinsey Duwa led Washington in digs for the day and Alexa Mitchell led in assists.

“Addison Six and Isabel Bailey balanced the court well with a good number of kills on the outside each and Phelan Hostetler led the middles,” Mason said. “Overall, our offense was extremely aggressive and smart as they challenged the opposing teams, switching between hard aggressive attacks, off-speed balls, and aggressive tips.”

Washington is 10-16 and plays host to Southeast Conference foe Fort Madison today.

IMS’ statistical leaders for the day were Mia Graber with 34 kills, Samantha Miller with 50 assists, Suzanna Yoder with 49 digs and Yanitza Gutierrez-Larios added six aces.

“In order for the team to reach the finals, it took all of the team members performing their roles,” Miller said. “Truly, the standout player for the day was the team, as opposed to an individual.”

Next up for IMS (17-14) is a nonconference home match against Waterloo Christian today.