CLEAR LAKE – The Forest City volleyball team has flown under the radar this season, and that is just fine with Indians coach Lacy Jerome.
Entering play on Thursday, the Indians sported a 19-2 overall mark and had not dropped a best-of-five match all season.
Despite the gaudy record, the Indians had not appeared in the Class 3A ratings until Thursday, when the Indians finally occupied the 15th spot.
While it may not have been the Indians most consistent performance of the season, Forest City came through with a 3-0 win over Clear Lake.
Set scores were 25-17, 25-14 and 25-11.
“One of our strengths is being as versatile as possible,” Jerome said. “We like to keep the blockers guessing.”
Brea Dillavou, the Indians’ senior setter, had a wealth of options all night long and was able to effectively spread the kill opportunities around.
Cora Holland had a strong first set on the front line and finished with seven kills, unofficially.
Hannah Anderson, the leading hitter on the season for Forest season, had six kills for the Indians.
Kelsey Koch added a solid all-around effort for Forest City.
For Clear Lake, the Lions frequently played much better than their season record of 3-17 would indicate.
The Lions were able to remain close for most of the first set before the Indians closed it out with four consecutive points, and a late run in the second set to keep things interesting before Forest City dominated the final set.
“They’re a good team with a lot of weapons,” Lions coach Richie Ellis said. “We’re still struggling to find the right combinations.”
Forest City returns to Top of Iowa Conference West Division action on Tuesday in what will be the most important conference match of the season as the Indians travel to sixth-rated (2A) Lake Mills in a match that should effectively determine the conference champion.
“Position for position, it will be evenly matched,” Jerome said. “The most consistent team will win.”