Lewis Central ends Rams’ season in regionals

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    For the second time in 10 days, the Council Bluffs Lewis Central volleyball team delivered a three game sweep of Glenwood.
    Thursday’s 25-19, 25-18, 27-25 loss at the hand of the Titans ended Glenwood’s season in the Class 4A, Region 1 semifinals.

    The Titans pounded down 39 kills on the Rams, who led early in both the first and second games but couldn’t withstand Lewis Central rallies in both losses.
    Glenwood led 24-23 in game three but the Titans forced a tiebreaker and eventually pulled out the win.
    Grace Newman led Glenwood with 15 kills. Emily Blum added 11 and Megan McKern eight. McKenna Henze finished with 23 set assists.
    The Rams close their season with a  record of 14-16 overall and 3-6 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.

Glenwood 25-25-21-25
Denison 19-8-25-19
    A third game loss in an otherwise dominating victory couldn’t dampen the Glenwood volleyball team’s win over Denison in the Class 4A, Region 1 opening round last Monday.
    Glenwood (14-15) never trailed in decisive 25-19 and 25-8 wins in game one and two before the Monarchs rallied from being down 17-13 to win game three, 25-21. Glenwood wrapped up the match with a spirited 25-19 win in game four.
    The Monarchs looked poised for another comeback in game four when Glenwood appeared to be collapsing late again. With the Rams leading 23-15, Denison scored four straight point to trim the lead to 23-19. After a Jacobus timeout, the Rams got a hitting error from the Monarch and a Grace Newman kill to end it.
    “We work on that very scenario in practice. What do you do when you’re up? What do you do when you’re down? How do you approach that as the mental part of the game,” Jacobus said. “It’s a situation we’re familiar with and I told them, ‘Look, you have the tools. Get the ball, take control of it and keep swinging away.’
“We knew if we stayed aggressive at the net and kept aggressive we could be successful. Turns out we were right.”
The win was the Rams’ second over the Monarchs after splitting the regular season match-ups. Jacobus attributes her team’s game three struggles on Monday to a “mental lapse.”
“We lost focus a little bit,” she said. “And we missed four serves which team doesn’t do. We serve over 90 percent as a team and have been all season. So when we stopped moving our feet on serve-receive we weren’t getting to our coverage spots and our blocks slowed down. It was a mental lapse in that third set and we weren’t as crisp as we needed to be.”
    The Rams were the aggressors all night. The Rams finished with 40 kills in the four games while hitting .295.
    “I’ve been studying the last game we played against them and in our third game a couple of weeks ago, I felt like we got back on our heels, we were tipping too much and we’re nearly aggressive enough,” said Jacobus.
“So I knew if we had attacked more and stayed aggressive with our hitting we would have been more successful. So that was the game plan: we wanted to take the ball to them as much as we could.”
Newman led the Rams with 17 kills. Emily Blum added eight and Megan McKern and Courtney Magnussen six each.
McKenna Henze had 16 assists and Bailey Starner 15.