Oskaloosa volleyball

Oskaloosa head coach Jennifer Comfort (middle) talks to her team.

NORWALK — A few points either way can change a match. That was the case for Oskaloosa on Tuesday as the dropped a narrow five-set battle to Norwalk 3-2 (16-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 15-12).

After taking the first set fairly easily, the second set came down to the wire but would see Norwalk edge it 25-23.

Osky would bounce back to take the third set 25-19 and put Norwalk with their backs against the wall. The two were locked in another tight set and once again it would go to Norwalk 25-23, forcing a decisive fifth set which Norwalk would come away with a 15-12 victory to secure the match.

Faith DeRonde had a busy night with 24 kills, eight digs and 2.5 blocks while Maleah Walker was equally buys with 17 kills, 19 digs, and 1 block assist.

Olivia Gordon totaled 51 assists while Addison Gerard added 12 digs for the Indians.

“Too many errors allowed Norwalk to stick around,” head coach Jennifer Comfort said. “We'll get back to work and continue to improve. We've got a big week next week and we need to play our best for where we are right now in the season with this group.”

Oskaloosa (6-4, 1-2 LHC), who started the season 5-0 before dropping four of their last five, will try to get back on track when they return home to battle No. 12 (4A) Pella (8-2, 3-0 LHC) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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