Red Oak edged Glenwood 25-22, 25-23, 25-22 in a Hawkeye 10 Conference volleyball match to drop the Rams to 6-6 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
The Rams never trailed by more than five points in any game and lost the match by a total of eight points.
“Red Oak is very good,” said Glenwood coach Kara Huisman. “They are a very fundamentally sound team. Just a point swing here or there made the difference. I don't think we struggled in any facet. We get just a two-point swing in a game and we win it. We have a couple things to deal with, but I was very pleased with our effort and intensity.”
The Tigers had 44 kills but this match wasn't lost by her team's lack of hitting production, said Huisman.
“They hit it hard but what was more impressive about them was they did not let the ball hit the ground,” she said. “They rallied. Their coverage and fundamental defensive play was incredible. Anything we hit at them, they dug. Them hitting it at us wasn't what hurt us; what hurt us was our inability to put the ball down on their side.”
Cassie Stewart and Chelsea Konfrst led the Rams with four kills each. Konfrst added six blocks.
Katie Larsen had five aces and 13 digs and Ana VanScoy had 16 digs.
The loss leaves the Rams 0-2 in their new gym. Huisman said she wasn't aware her team hasn't won at home yet and doesn't consider it an issue.
“We don't look at like that at all,” she said. “We don't look at where we're playing or who we're playing. We're trying to get better at volleyball every time out. It's not an issue for us. We don't go out any different whether we're at home, the road or a tournament. We're just trying to get better.”
Atlantic swept Glenwood 25-22, 25-17, 25-10 in Hawkeye 10 Conference volleyball last Tuesday.
The Rams drops to 1-3 in the conference and 6-5 overall.
"It was an off night for us,” said Glenwood coach Kara Huisman. “We just didn't perform well in any aspect of the game. The good news is we have practice tomorrow to get better.”
Katie Larsen and Chelsea Konfrst combined for nine kills for Glenwood.