Storm drop IIAC opener at Central

Storm drop IIAC opener at Central

PELLA, Iowa — Cassie Hoefling had a team-high 12 kills and Hannah Lester had another big outing but errors plagued the Simpson volleyball team in a four-set loss to Central in the Iowa Conference-opener Tuesday.

The Storm (3-5, 0-1) rallied to win the third set after dropping the first two but couldn't complete the comeback.

Simpson had just one fewer kill on the night but the Dutch (5-5, 1-0) committed 11 fewer errors, hitting .223 on the night. Mollie Mason led Central with 13 kills.

Set Scores
25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20

Key Moments
• Simpson battled back from a six-point deficit to tie the second set 21-all but a pair of kills by Mason gave the Dutch a commanding two-set lead.

Morgan Taylor came alive in Simpson's third-set win, burying five kills in nine attempts with just one error as the Storm forced a fourth set.

• Looking to force a fifth set, Hoefling tallied a kill to give Simpson a 10-7 lead in the fourth. But Central responded with a crippling 9-0 run to effectively put the match away.

Notables
• Lester posted double figure kills for the fourth straight match with 11. She hit .346 on the night and has hit .300 or better in five of eight matches. 

Jacque Luth had a quiet night, finishg with five kills in 23 attempts. It is just the third time she has been held below 10 kills this season.

• Central won its second-straight in the series. 

Up Next
The Storm have the weekend off before hosting Buena Vista in the home opener Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Beavers (5-3) beat Grinnell in four sets Tuesday and open IIAC play against Nebraska Wesleyan on Thursday.

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