Tiger volleyball trounced by second-ranked Reivers

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Marshalltown Community College volleyball team had a chance to avenge one of its three previous losses when it traveled to face NJCAA No. 2 Iowa Western on Tuesday for an ICCAC match.

Just like the first meeting, however, the Reivers rolled to an easy three-set victory, 25-15, 25-14, 25-8, and Tigers head coach Justin Hoskins was not impressed with his team’s effort.

“We didn’t show up to play,” Hoskins said after the match. “Our girls were timid and shell-shocked from the very first serve. There is nothing positive to take away from this match.”

MCC (25-4) had a negative hitting percentage in the match with 13 kills and 22 errors. Marija Egic was the top attacker with five kills on 22 attack attempts, while no one else had more than two kills.

Halee Pedro, the digs-leader in the ICCAC Division I, had just eight digs against Iowa Western (26-2), followed by Egic with six and Jelena Dukic and Elena Yee with five each.

“This match is going to be a turning point for us this year though,” Hoskins said. “Either we’re going to learn how to work harder, play with confidence, make individual and team adjustments and make a push in the upcoming weeks or we’re going to limp to the finish line. We’ll find out what kind of athletes and people we have in our program by the way we finish the season.”

MCC will look to get back on the winning side tonight when it travels to take on Southwestern CC in Creston at 7 p.m.