MASON CITY – After a strong weekend outing that saw the NIACC volleyball team come up with a pair of victories, Lady Trojans coach Chris Brandt was hoping to see some consistency in the next outing.
One of the characteristics of a young team, though, is a learning curve that sometimes has a couple of bumps. That was the case Wednesday in a 3-0 loss to DMACC in ICCAC conference play.
Set scores were 25-17, 25-12 and 25-11.
“My biggest hope is every time we touch a ball, we’re learning something,” Brandt said. “We still have a lot of our season left.”
With the top two kill leaders and the assist leader being freshmen, the Lady Trojans are young at key positions, but early on, that didn’t seem to make a difference against the Bears. NIACC opened the first set with a lot of energy and quickly built a 6-1 lead.
After a timeout, DMACC scored seven of the next eight points and took control of not only the first set, but the entire match.
“Volleyball is a game of momentum,” Brandt said. “We want them to stop falling apart at the hint of a mistake.”
Hannah Wagner, a freshman from Central Springs who is NIACC’s kills leader on the season thus far, managed nine kills and six digs to lead the Lady Trojans. A talented and experienced Bears frontline, however, spearheaded by sophomore blocker Lauren Rieck and sophomore setter Leiah Paustian, managed to limit the Lady Trojans' big hitters.
Brooke Greenwood, a sophomore from Mason City High School, added four kills and four blocks, while freshman setter Sydney Roush had 25 assists.
With the loss, the Lady Trojans fell to 4-10 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
NIACC returns to the court on Friday when it travel to Marshalltown Community College for a nonconference match.
The Lady Trojans return home on Oct. 4 when they will play host to Northeast Community College.