“It was a very fun bus ride home,” said Glenwood coach Kara Huisman.
Defeating Harlan as the Rams did Tuesday night in a 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22 victory on the Cyclones’ home court is liable to do that.
“It was a big win for us,” added Huisman. “The big key for us about the win was the fact that we battled. Every time they (Harlan) made a surge, we shut them down and we were able to pull it off. They went on a couple seven or eight point runs, that in the past may have done us in, but it didn’t.”
Glenwood dropped the first game 25-22. But time and again, the Rams bounced back over the next three games thanks to the scrappy play of their defense and the powerful hitting of junior Morgan Lucy.
Huisman called the play of Lucy, who led with 16 kills, “incredible.”
“She could not have done more than she did,” said Huisman. “Defensively, she was incredible and offensively she was great. That was the quickest I’ve seen her move around the court.”
Huisman also commended the play of Ana VanScoy.
“Her stats may not show it but she was huge for us, she kept balls alive, put balls down and kept them off balance. They didn’t record a lot of kills but they really took them off their game.”
The win was the Rams’ first since beating the Cyclones in the 2008 season. Huisman didn’t hesitate in calling it a “signature” win for the second year coach.
“This was the biggest win in Glenwood volleyball in quite a while,” she said. “To go to Harlan, and not just go there but to fight them, is big.
“I hope the girls take from this we are very athletic and we are a very good volleyball team. And if we can show up with this confidence, we can win some games.”
Grace Newman added eight kills for the Rams and McKenna Henze had 15 set assists.
The Rams improve to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.