LAKE MILLS | The Top of Iowa Conference West Division title was there for the taking for the Forest City volleyball team. All the Indians had to do was get past rival Lake mills on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Lake Mills.
Despite a strong first set, Forest City was unable to get that job done as Lake Mills won in four sets (17-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-14)
The Indians came out strong behind junior outside hitter Cora Holland, who totaled 11 kills on the match.
On the front row, Holland put balls to the floor from the left and middle positions. On the back row, she rolled around to keep the ball up. The Indians’ defense seemed unmatched as they took a five-point lead early in the set, 18-13. Forest City would go on to win the set 25-17.
The Bulldogs fought and lost the first set, but they came back with a vengeance in the second, taking a seven-point lead, 16-9. Forest City’s timeout wouldn’t make a difference, as the Bulldogs kept their composure to win the set with an extended lead, 25-15.
The third set saw more rally-scoring, the Indians kept the Bulldogs in sight on every point, until the Bulldogs would pull away with a comfortable lead, 22-17. Attack errors and the Bulldog’s front line wouldn’t allow much more for the Indians as Lake Mills claimed the third set 25-19.
The Bulldogs held a 10-3 lead early in the fourth set. Mallory Wilhelm slammed a final kill on a free ball to center just beyond the 10-foot line, and sophomore Megan Groe had her say with three sneaky sharp-angle kills on the left. The Bulldogs closed the final set with Hanson on the front row, but the final kill would come from senior Teah Kesler, who racked up a team-high of 14 kills.
After Holland's 11 kills, senior Hannah Anderson had eight, freshman Kaylee Miller had six, and Kelsey Koch and Emma Segerstrom tallied three apiece.
Senior setter Brea Dillavou put forth a strong performance passing the ball with 20 assists.
The Indians return to action Saturday in a tournament at Algona.