Tigers grit one out against Iowa Lakes

The Marshalltown Community College volleyball team won an extremely tight match over Iowa Lakes Community College on Monday at home in five sets, 23-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-16, 17-15.

Down two sets to none against Iowa Lakes on Monday night, MCC was in danger of dropping its second-straight match after starting the season 8-0.

The Tigers (8-1) weren’t ready to go down without a fight, however, and after losing the first two sets, 25-23, 25-18, they clawed back and took the fourth, 25-17, to make sure the match at least wasn’t a sweep.

MCC took the momentum from the third set and rolled it right into the fourth, tying things up against the Lakers (6-12) with a 25-16 victory in set four and forcing a pivotal fifth set.

By that time the student section had come alive and was willing the Tigers to a victory, though again Iowa Lakes seemed to hold the game in their hands by taking an early 8-4 lead.

Marshalltown gave one last effort and rallied back once again, eventually taking the final set 17-15 and securing the comeback victory.

“Tonight showed a lot of grit and toughness,” Tiger head coach Justin Hoskins said. “A win is a win, but there’s something special about winning in five after being down 0-2. It was a lot of fun doing it at home and I want to thank our student section for being loud and having an impact on the match.”

Jelena Dukic once again was spectacular as the MCC setter, recording 42 total assists while Halee Pedro led the way defensively with 21 digs.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier moving forward, however, as the Tigers welcome in NJCAA No. 2 Iowa Western on Wednesday for their first Iowa Community College Athletic Conference match, starting at 7 p.m. at the Student Activity Center.