The Iowa Lakes volleyball team hasn't had much success outside the conference, but the Lakers are now 3-1 in league play after sweeping North Iowa Area Community College on Tuesday.
Iowa Lakes won the first two games relatively easily, 25-18 and 25-20, and then jumped out to leads of 7-1 and 11-5 in the third set.
But the Trojans rallied to tie the match at 15-15.
With teammate Paitton Heltenberg (5) watching, Iowa Lakes’ Jordan Going digs up a low serve against NIACC on Tuesday.
Photo by David Swartz
That's when Laker setter Michelle VanEpps took an opening and pushed the ball to an empty corner to give her team the lead. She then set up Andrea Orth for a kill on the next point. A couple NIACC hitting errors pushed the home team's lead to 20-16. While NIACC made a late run, the Lakers closed out the game with a kill to win the final game 25-22.
Paitton Heltenberg led the Lakers with 13 kills while Orth and Jordan Going each had nine. Shelbie Budmayr had the all-around game with seven kills, three ace serves, three block assists and seven digs.
VanEpps finished with 37 set assists and also a team-high nine digs. Heltenberg also had six digs.
Iowa Lakes (3-11 overall) is at DMACC on Thursday and then at the Johnson County Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Overland Park, Kan.