Lights go out on Storm in five-set loss to Coe

Alyssa Mathews (5) and Madison Fleer (36)
Alyssa Mathews (5) and Madison Fleer (36)

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Cruising to a 2-1 lead after three sets, the Simpson volleyball team was well on its way to a crucial Iowa Conference win.

Then the lights went out.

A fall thunderstorm knocked out the lights above the competition surface in Cowles Fieldhouse, resulting in a 10-minute delay. Simpson was coming off a 25-15 win in set three, but lost 25-19 and 15-11 in the final two sets to suffer a five-set loss to Coe on Tuesday night.

Lindsey Koch and Jaimee Rindy had 18 kills apiece and Aryn Meisinger had 50 assists to lead the Kohawks (10-12, 2-2 Iowa Conference).

Jacque Luth finished with a team-high 14 kills, moving within six of the 1,000 kill milestone for her career. Hannah Lester had 13 kills while hitting .276 and Morgan Taylor chipped in with nine for the Storm (6-9, 1-4), who hit just .061 in the final two sets after hitting .253 in sets two and three.

Set Scores
25-14, 28-30, 15-25, 25-19, 15-11

Stat Leaders
Jacque Luth — 14 kills, .216 pct, 11 digs, 4 blocks
Hannah Lester — 13 kills, .276 pct, 4 blocks
Morgan Taylor — 9 kills, 12 digs, 3 aces
Alyssa Mathews — 41 assists, 16 digs
Ariana Martinez — 23 digs, 5 assists, 1 ace

Key Moment
The third set was tied 14-all when a kill by Koch sparked a 3-0 run, part of Coe's 11-5 run to close the set.

Notes and Numbers
• Simpson had a season-high 16 block assists on the game for eight total blocks.
Jacque Luth increased her career total to 994 kills, just six shy of becoming the 16th player in school history to reach the mark.
• The Storm are now 2-5 in five-set matches after playing in just one a year ago. In the Storm's last 10 matches, six have gone to a fifth set.

Up Next
Simpson travels to Oshkosh, Wis. for the UW-Oshkosh Classic this weekend. The Storm will face Finlandia and Wis.-Platteville on Friday.