Iowa Central goes 3-1

Iowa Central volleyball head coach Sara Horn likes hosting the annual Triton Invitational, but after two long days of play, she was glad to see it come to an end.

Iowa Central (25-14 overall) went 3-1 in the tournament, playing five games in three of the four matches.

“On Friday, we had girls that had classes at 6 a.m. and then came to play,” Horn said. “We didn’t start our last match until 8 p.m. and didn’t get out of there until 10 p.m. (Friday).

“That made for a long day for a lot of these girls. It was pretty exhausting.”

In their first match of the tournament, the Tritons swept seventh-ranked Cowley, 25-16, 26-24 and 25-22.

“We played phenomenal (against Cowley),” Horn said. “That in itself was exhausting, with a huge adrenaline rush before turning around and playing Highland.”

In their second match, Iowa Central lost to Highland in five games. The Tritons won 25-21, lost 26-24 and 25-11, stayed alive with a 25-19 triumph, then bowed out at 15-9.

In Saturday’s opener, Iowa Central defeated North Platte in five. Against Carl Sandburg, they lost the first 25-16, won the second 25-18, and lost the third 25-22. They closed out with 25-18 and 15-10 victories.

“We woke up (Saturday) and played great,” Horn said. “We did a great job of being resilient against North Plate, and were very competitive against Carl Sandburg.”

Hayli Dorfmeyer led the Tritons with 52 kills on the weekend. Nicole Steinmetz had 38 and Gabby Sullivan had 37.

Taylor Drake and Fort Dodge graduate Liza Hatcher had eight ace serves. Steinmetz added five.

Ashley Turcotte had 20 blocks. Webster City graduate Hannah Myers had 17 and Sullivan had 13.

Danielle Coronado led the way with 97 digs. Steinmetz had 68 and Taylor Drake had 67.

Katie Hoffman had 154 set assists.

The Tritons travel for their regular season finale, when they head to Iowa Falls to face Ellsworth.