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Clear Lake earns hard-fought conference win over Iowa Falls-Alden
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Clear Lake earns hard-fought conference win over Iowa Falls-Alden

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The Clear Lake volleyball team controlled Iowa Falls-Alden in each of its first two sets on Tuesday night in Clear Lake. But the Cadets got one back in the third.

However, the Lions didn't flinch.

Clear Lake volleyball vs Iowa Falls-Alden - Meyer

Grace Meyer (5) connects with the ball at a home game against Iowa Falls-Alden on Tuesday.

Clear Lake earned the win in the fourth and final set to earn a 3-1 North Central Conference win over the Cadets.

"I still think that we're questioning whether or not we want to win at times," Clear Lake head coach Heather Johnson said. "We're making some errors when it gets tight and that's something we need to work on. But we're still finding ways to win, which is important."

The Lions struggled early in the first set and fell behind, 10-5. However, the squad managed to tie things up at 12 apiece before going on a 13-4 run to close out the set and earn the 25-17 win.

Clear Lake jumped out to a 17-10 lead in set two. Down 24-17, the Cadets went on a 7-0 run at the end of the set to tie things up at 24 points. The Lions managed to score the final two points to come away with a 26-24 set victory.

After a furious comeback attempt in the previous set, the Cadets had all the momentum in the third set. Iowa Falls-Alden dominated from start to finish in a 25-17 win.

Clear Lake volleyball vs Iowa Falls-Alden -

Ashlyn Fread (16) serves to Iowa Falls-Alden at a game in Clear Lake on Tuesday.

"I think in the third set we stopped communicating a little bit and we didn't come together in the middle to regroup," sophomore Xada Johnson said. "In the fourth set, and first and second, we did a lot better job with that."

The Lions (5-3) managed to shake it off and earn a 25-14 win in the final set.

Clear Lake volleyball vs Iowa Falls-Alden - Johnson

Xada Johnson (9) jumps up to set the ball at a home game against Iowa Falls-Alden on Tuesday.

Xada Johnson led her team with 14 kills, senior Grace Meyer posted seven kills and junior Hannah Blaha finished with six kills.

Clear Lake travels to Charles City next on Thursday for a triangular with the Comets and the Mason City volleyball team.

Gunnar Davis covers sports. Reach him via email at Gunnar.Davis@GlobeGazette.com or by phone 641-421-0598.

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