IMS falls to Belle Plaine in regional semifinals
VICTOR — IMS used its solid serving and digging to win the first set of Friday’s Class 1A regional semifinal, but Belle Plaine rallied to win the next three sets. The Plainsmen won by scores of 20-25, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-20.
“We served a tough 96 percent, only missing three serves all night,” IMS head coach Cindy Miller said. “Casey Perez, Naomi Miller and Keilah Brokaw were perfect from the serving line. The defensive coverage on the court and out-of-system balls this team was able to recover was unbelievable. Defensive digging has been the strongest part of our game all season, and it did affect the Belle Plaine hitters for a while.”
Perez, a junior, was 24-for-24 serving with 10 aces in the match, while Brokaw went 12-for-12 and Miller was 11-for-11. Junior Olivia Yutzy was 14-for-15 serving, and junior Kristin Davis was 12-for-13 with three aces.
Yutzy spiked down 11 kills in the match to lead IMS. Senior Laura Hochstetler had eight kills, and Perez had eight kills to go with 21 assists.
“Olivia and Laura swung hard at the net, but Kameo Pope, Belle Plaine’s middle blocker, was a big block and that caused us trouble as the match progressed,” Miller said.
Hochstetler had a team-high 21 digs in the match, and Yutzy added 19. Davis had 14 digs, and Perez chipped in 10.
IMS finishes its season with a record of 20-15.
“Even though we couldn’t pull off the win, I am so very proud of the effort my team displayed until that last point was scored,” Miller said.