Tiger netters end regular season with two losses

BOONE – Having already locked up its first winning season since 2005, the Marshalltown Community College volleyball team dropped two matches to Iowa Community College Athletic Conference foes on Friday during a triangular at DMACC.

The Tigers ended their regular season with losses to NJCAA Div. II No. 14 DMACC in straight sets and to Indian Hills in four games. The Bears beat MCC 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 and then the Warriors dumped the Tigers 25-13, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19.

The Tigers finished regular season play with a record of 22-19, which is the most wins in the program since 2005.

Against DMACC (31-10), MCC jumped out to leads of 7-4 and 10-5 in the opening set. The Bears rallied to tie it at 15-all and then scored 10 of the next 12 points to take a 1-0 advantage in the match.

The Tigers led 6-0 in game two but another rally by DMACC evened the set at 10-all before the Bears went on to win by five.

It was the second straight-set loss to the Bears this year.

Setter Sam Hinrichs had 19 assists and seven digs to lead the Tigers, while Ashley Salgado had 10 digs and two aces in the loss. Miranda Smith had a team-high eight kills, Katelyn Yauslin added six and Meghann Cole chipped in five. Alyssa Whitmore also recorded seven digs.

Against Indian Hills (18-23), Cole led the Tigers with nine kills, while Hinrichs added 24 assists and five kills and Salgado chipped in 16 digs and two aces. Smith finished with six kills and six digs, while Reeba Box also had six kills. Whitmore served up two aces and finished with 11 digs in the defeat.

Next up for the Tigers is the Region XI-B Tournament, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Fourth-seeded Marshalltown heads to top-seeded Kirkwood, which swept away the Tigers at the Student Activity Center back on Sept. 24.

Tuesday’s winner faces the winner between second-seeded Southwestern and third-seeded Northeast at Iowa Central on Nov. 9.