OSKALOOSA — The top spot in the Little Hawkeye Conference was at stake when Oskaloosa and Indianola met Tuesday night.
Oskaloosa was undefeated in the LHC coming into the match while Indianola was a game back.
By night’s end, the teams share the conference lead as Indianola swept Oskaloosa 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 on Senior Night.
Both teams are 5-1 in the conference as Oskaloosa falls to 12-8 and Indianola improves to 19-13.
Oskaloosa got out to an 8-4 lead in the opening set as Olivia Gordon had a kill to help Oskaloosa get that lead.
Oskaloosa would take a 16-10 lead before Indianola would score eight of the next 10 points to tie the set at 18.
Indianola would get its first lead of the set at 19-18 as Emma Kluver served an ace and Anna Marvelli would close out the set on a tip for the 25-23 win.
During the set, Oskaloosa’s Jolie Yang, one of seven seniors honored before the match, suffered an ankle injury and did not return.
Thus the setting duties went to Gordon, a sophomore, and she was able to keep Oskaloosa in the match.
“I thought she did outstanding,” said Oskaloosa coach Jennifer Comfort of Gordon’s performance. “She worked hard all the time and I thought she did a great job of coming in and playing hard.”
The teams were tied at 4 in the second set when Indianola went on a 5-0 run to gain control of the set. Liz McGraw scored two of the points on kills as Indianola took a 9-4 lead.
Oskaloosa fought back to get to within 11-9, but three straight aces by Indianola’s Lauren Blake highlighted a 7-0 spurt as Indianola jumped to an 18-9 advantage.
Oskaloosa was unable to recover as Indianola took a two-set-to-none lead after Oskaloosa was called for a hitting error.
The third set was tight early on as the teams were tied at 5 before Indianola got four unanswered points and never looked back.
Oskaloosa was able to trim the deficit to 11-8 on an Indianola misplay, but Indianola came back with a 7-0 run on some Oskaloosa hitting miscues and a pair of aces by Blake.
Indianola won the match 25-15 when Oskaloosa hit the ball into the net.
Faith DeRonde, coming off a 23-kill performance against Pella last week, had nine kills, nine digs and two blocks for Oskaloosa while Taylor Wills had seven kills and 13 digs. Mary Nelson had two kills, wo blocks and one dig while Jessica Schesselman also had a pair of kills, two digs, one assist and one block. Gordon had one kill, 17 assists, five digs, one block and an ace while Emily Richmond had one kills and three blocks. Meghan Moorman had six digs, one assist and one ace while Riz Alesna had 12 digs and two assists.
Oskaloosa will host its eight-team invitational Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Slated to participate in the tournament are Chariton, Fairfield, Gilbert, Marshalltown, North Polk, Ottumwa and Saydel.