IUS falls to IU Kokomo

Tyler Clerkin, staff reporter

The IUS volleyball team participated in a double header on Saturday, Oct. 29th. The Grenadiers faced off against Indiana University Kokomo in the first game of the two.

The Grenadiers fell short as they lost the match 0-3. This would be their second loss in a row and their third loss in the conference standings making the Grenadiers 22-11 for the season and 11-3 in conference.

IU Southeast was led by sophomore Hannah Joly and sophomore Monica Loftus with seven kills each. Senior Hannah Barker led the team with 23 assists in the game. The Grenadiers were only able to produce two blocks in the game.

This loss to the IUK could end up creating a three way tie at the top of the conference standings. If this happens then it would come down to points and this loss could hurt the Grenadiers in the long run.

This was just one of the two games the team had to play for the day. Head coach Eric Brian said that the team was not in their normal form for the game.

“We lacked a little bit of focus.” Brian said. “I think sometimes we get too focused on the wrong things like the outcome instead of actually playing the game.”

Coach Brian said that they do not plan on switching anything up for the second game of the day.

“Hopefully we can just go with the same lineup.” Brian said. “At the end of the day we could probably use two or three lineups and still be successful.”

This would be the second time of the season the Grenadiers played against IUK. The Grenadiers were able to take the match 3-1 earlier in the season. Senior Katie Fischer said that she felt the team came out dead for this match and lacked intensity.

“It is hard to beat the same team twice.” Fischer said. “I think we just came out and expected that we were going to win again.”

The Grenadiers play against Cincinnati Christian University in the second game of the double header. Coach Brian said that they have played this team before and they were feeling confident going into the match.

“This loss to IUK could be a blessing in disguise.” Brian said. “We have always bounced back really well.”

The Grenadiers only have three games left in the regular season and one more conference game before the conference tournament.

The team will be playing their final home game on Tuesday, Nov. 1 against Brescia College. This will also be senior night for the Grenadiers as well as their last conference game of the season.