'The Spike' stays with Iowa City West volleyball after sweep of City High

Prep volleyball: Strong finishes help Class 5A No. 9 Women of Troy prevail, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16, at rival Little Hawks

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IOWA CITY — Once the rally was quelled in Game 1, Iowa City West kept pressuring host City High.

With an assortment of effective serves and nifty passes, the Class 5A No. 9 Women of Troy volleyball team won the ‘Battle for the Spike’ for the third year in a row.

“Some of these kids haven’t played in this match yet,” first-year West Coach Scott Sanders said after a 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 sweep of the crosstown rival Little Hawks Tuesday night at the City High gymnasium. “So getting them to realize the situation that they’re in, it’s not any higher or anything like that. It’s just City-West and that’s kind of the nature of the beast.”

A 9-2 burst had City High in control of an opener that featured 13 ties and 14 lead changes, but West closed with 12 of 14 points after a Sanders time out and claimed Game 1 by four points.

“We figured we just had to have smart shots and try and find where they weren’t on the court,” said senior Colby Greene, a Southeast Missouri State commit who led West (7-4) with 14 kills.

Greene and the Women of Troy again finished strong in the final two games. Tied at 20-20, West junior Katie Severt served up the final five points in Game 2. In the clincher, it was senior libero Keimoney Lang at the helm of an 8-0 closing surge.

“It means everything,” said Lang, who led West with 13 digs. “This is my last time playing here, playing City High. This is one of the greatest accomplishments to go out with.”

Severt tallied 18 assists and three aces, while junior Cailyn Morgan added five kills for West. Senior Emily Burtch posted four kills.

Junior Ellie Evans led the Little Hawks (5-6) with nine kills, Kelsey Law added eight and Mia Loughren tallied five.

“In those first two sets, I really felt like we outplayed them,” City High Coach Craig Pitcher said. “We just had so many more errors than they did.”

l Comments: douglas.miles@thegazette.com

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