MASON CITY-The RedTail volleyball team gave a valiant effort Wednesday night, but came up short in their second conference match of the year against the North Iowa Area Community College Trojans.
The RedTails struggled in the Trojan gym early and dropped the first to sets (14-25, 22-25). This was a wakeup call for the squad. They quickly turned their play around in the third set, leading for the majority of the time and winning it 25-18.
The beginning of the fourth set was dramatic, as it contained several good volleys and a lot of back and forth action. The RedTails were the first team to string together a run of points, taking a small 13-10 lead that grew to 16-12. However, a few errors and some good shots helped the Trojans close the gap to 17-16, forcing a quick RedTail timeout.
Jessica Hopkins emerged from timeout with a kill to gain a two-point advantage in the match. Despite this, the Trojans were able to tie the set at 18 and the set stayed even all the way to 22-22. The tie was snapped for the final time when Alison Godwin sent a Trojan shot back for a point with a monster block. Paige Eiffler capitalized on the play with an ace to get to game point. A Trojan timeout was taken, but would do no good as Godwin would put the set away with a kill two possessions later. The RedTails took set four 25-23.
The women had fought their way back from 0-2 to force a fifth set but, sadly, this is where the comeback would come to rest as the RedTails couldn't put it all together in the last set, falling 8-15.
"I am proud of what we accomplished as a team. We pulled together and worked as a cohesive unit. I think we turned a major corner tonight. It showed we can compete at a very high level. Now we must do that on a daily basis in practice as well as games," said coach Weston.
Next week the RedTail Volleyball squad plays another conference road game against Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.