Glenwood’s season ends in regionals
The Glenwood volleyball team’s season came to end Tuesday night in Indianola.
The Class 4A, No. 2 ranked Indians (36-4) punched their ticket to the state volleyball tournament with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-16 victory over the No. 11 ranked Rams in the Region 2 championship match.
Glenwood coach Paula Carman thought her team started off the match exactly how they wanted, balanced offensively while sticking to a plan of keeping the vaunted Indian offense off-system. But it was too little avail. Indianola never trailed in the first two sets.
“We knew they were a really offensive team and that was going to be our biggest hurdle, trying to keep our defense in touch with them so they’d hit one lane, and we’d adjust, and they’d have to adjust, and they did that,” Carman said. “They’re No. 2 team for a reason.
The Rams got better as they match went along, trailing by just two late in the third set before the Indians turned it on.
“When we implemented what we worked on, it worked great. The girls executed. The pace of the game and the challenges we faced didn’t allow us to execute enough.”
Charley Hernandez led the Ram attack with 11 kills. Alli Koontz dished up 25 set assists to pace the offense.
Offensively, Carman said she thought her team passed really well and left everything they had on the court.
“I was really pleased with that; it gave us a chance offensively to score off their serve receive a lot, but we just couldn’t match their offense. I think we got in our heads a little bit and our hitters lost a little confidence. And it spiraled out from there.”
The Indians hit a blistering .518 as team, showing of their hitting depth with five players notching four or more kills. Camryn Overton led the way with 15 kills. Dana Blake added 10.
Glenwood closes its season with a record of 30-11. The 30-win season is the school’s fourth in the past five seasons.
Carman says goodbye to four seniors from this year’s squad in Danika Arnold, McKenna Koehler, Zoe Carda and Hadley Carman. Arnold, Carda and Carman, the coach’s daughter, all played key roles this season. Koehler, the team’s setter as a junior, missed the season with an injury.