Iowa Wesleyan volleyball was in action Friday evening, taking on Loras College in their final non-conference match of the season. The night featured both a junior varsity and varsity match for the Tigers. IW fell in three straight sets by scores of 25-7, 25-16, and 25-21.
Iowa Wesleyan got off to a bit of a slow start in the varsity match. Loras scored the first eight points of the set before a service error put the Tigers on the board. The Tigers were unable to capitalize, as they committed a service error of their own. IW had no answer for the Duhawk attack, and they saw six more points go down for Loras. Iowa Wesleyan would finish the set with two kills and suffer a 25-7 loss to fall behind 1-0.
In the second set, the Tigers were able to score the first three points after a kill and service ace by Sydney Ellsworth and a bad set by Loras. The Duhawks would go on a run to take a 5-3 lead over IW. Iowa Wesleyan would tie it up with the help of attack errors from Loras, but they were unable to get back in front. A bad set by Loras brought the score to 11-11, but Iowa Wesleyan would see the Duhawks close out the match and go up 2-0 after falling 25-16 in the second set.
Loras got off to a quick start in the third set of the night, and the Tigers found themselves trailing 9-2. They would get the serve back after Loras committed a service error. Iowa Wesleyan took advantage and was able to put together a run. Hunter Clark and Jordan Miller came up with a block for the Tigers to tie the set up at 12-12. The Duhawks would go on a run of their own, and despite being close, Iowa Wesleyan couldn?t take the lead. IW would drop the set 25-21 to fall in three straight sets to Loras.
Sydney Ellsworth ended the night with four kills to lead the Tigers. Jordan Miller was right behind, finishing with three kills for IW. Jenna Murphy had a team high fourteen digs in the loss.
The Tigers will wrap up the season on November 1st. They will travel to St. Louis, Missouri to take on Fontbonne University. It will be their final game of SLIAC play, as well as their final game of the 2017 season. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.