West Plains, Missouri -- Indian Hills' visit to the Missouri State-West Plains tournament got off to a good start with a straight-set win over Jefferson, but the Warriors then lost their next three matches in the tourney.
IHCC played Jefferson for the fourth time this season and defeated them for the third time, winning 25-22, 25-24, 25-23. Mariana Rodrigues started a strong tourney with 16 kills and Cecilia Campos added 14. Amanda Toyota led with 11 digs and Brooke Johnson-Watkins chipped in with six blocks. Laisa Telles Maeda was the setter for the entire classic and wound up with 151 assists, getting 35 in the win.
The next two matches were against ranked teams from Texas, No. 11 Tyler and No. 13 Panola. The Warriors were swept by Tyler, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20. Rodrigues and Campos each had 11 kills. The Warriors had five service aces, three by Maeda, who had 22 assists. Toyota and Campos had nine digs apiece.
In the Panola match, IHCC had a whopping 70 digs, led by Toyota with 21 and Rodrigues and Campos with 16 each. Johnson-Watkins was in on seven blocks, Rodrigues had a team-best 18 kills and Maeda had 41 assists. The Warriors won the first set, 25-23, then dropped the next three, 25-23, 25-15, 25-21.
Against the host team, meeting a team Indian Hills had lost to on their home court earlier in the week, IHCC took the first set, 25-19, and the fourth set, 25-23, but was beaten, 15-11, in the deciding set. Maeda produced a tournament-best 53 assists and Rodrigues slammed 20 kills. Campos led IHCC with 23 kills and hit .395 for the match. Toyota had another strong defensive performance with 18 digs.
Indian Hills came out of the event with a season record of 13-14. They have a region match at Marshalltown on Tuesday and go to Columbus, Neb., this Thursday to battle Central and Northeast.