Tigers’ troubles continue during own invitational

The Marshalltown Community College women’s volleyball team has shown enough grit to force deciding fifth games twice this season when falling to the mercy of a 2-1 deficit.

Finishing off those matches is the Tigers’ next step.

MCC suffered its fourth and fifth consecutive losses, including a five-setter, during the opening rounds of the 2014 Tiger Invitational on Friday inside the Student Activity Center.

Iowa Community College Athletic Conference foe and nationally ranked DMACC swept the Tigers in the tournament opener, and MCC’s struggles continued into the finale. Graceland’s JV won sets two and three to take a 2-1 lead before Marshalltown marched back for a 25-16 triumph in the fourth set.

Having forced a deciding fourth game, MCC could not complete the comeback. The Yellowjackets (2-4) prevailed 20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 16-14.

DMACC (8-2), ranked 13th in NJCAA Division II, improved to 8-2 with a 25-13, 25-8, 25-19 triumph over the Tigers in the opener.

For the day, Kayla Prosser racked up an MCC-leading 20 kills, including 15 against Graceland. Jade Rohach had a steady day of 17 kills, starting with a team-high eight against DMACC, while Sam Hinrichs and Mady Van Metre both finished with 12 kills.

Hinrichs had 28 of her 40 assists come during the Graceland match, while eight of Prosser’s 10 were against DMACC. Jena Boisen posted a team-high 17 digs, Riley Clark had 13, and both Prosser and Van Metre added 12.

Rohach and Reeba Box both totaled five blocks, while Hinrichs and Meghann Cole had three apiece. Clark and Prosser charted four service aces each, while Van Metre and Box both had three.

The Tigers (1-8) are back in action this morning with an 11 a.m. pairing against Allen County CC (Iola, Kan.) and a 1 p.m. match with Neosho County CC (Chanute, Kan.).