Council Bluffs, Iowa -- A win against a top-five team and two other solid performances highlighted Indian Hills' appearance in a tourney hosted by Iowa Western over the weekend.
The Warriors, coming off a loss at home to DMACC to begin their season, bounced back with a 3-1 record in the tournament, starting with a 3-2 come-from-behind match win against No. 4-ranked Western Nebraska.
IHCC lost 25-12 and 25-21 to start play against WNCC, but came back with a vengeance, winning the next three sets, 25-21, 25-21 and 15-10. Mariana Rodrigues, who had a huge tourney for the Warriors, led the way against Western Nebraska with 17 kills and got help from Gabriela Cavalcante who had 15. Rodrigues also topped the team in digs with 18. Amanda Toyota chipped in 14 and Cavalcante 13. Yasmin Assis took over as the top setter and contributed 42 assists. Brooke Johnson-Watkins had six blocks and Sophia Nascimento and Cecilia Campos had five each.
The Warriors then took care of Barton (Kans.) CC, winning 3-1. Rodrigues powered 25 kills and Cavalcante and Campos had 13 and 12, respectively. Assis provided 56 assists, Campos had nine blocks, and Indian Hills had three players with double-digit digs -- Toyota with 16, Rodrigues 14 and Assis 11.
Saturday began with a straight-set loss to No. 12 Laramie (Wyo.) by scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-23. Leaders were Rodrigues with 13 kills, Assis with 26 assists and Toyota with 12 digs.
But the Warriors recovered for a 3-0 decision against Jefferson (Mo.), winning 25-17, 25-21 and 25-23. Rodrigues topped off her two-day performance with 16 kills, giving the freshman 71 for the four matches. Assis had 33 assists, boosting her two-day total to 157, nearly 40 per match. Toyota had 14 digs and Laisa Telles Maeda 10.
Indian Hills will take a 4-1 record on the road to Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill. on Wednesday.