No. 4 Tritons downed on the road

No. 4 Tritons downed on the road

BOONE - The fourth-ranked Iowa Central volleyball team could never get on track here Thursday night, falling to No. 9 Des Moines Area in an ICCAC showdown.

Scores were 25-21, 25-20 and 25-22. 

The Bears (9-2 overall, 9-2 in league) controlled throughout the night in earning their ninth consecutive win since a three-set loss to the Tritons (9-1, 8-1) in Fort Dodge last month. 

DMACC built an early 12-7 advantage before Iowa Central rallied back, tying the first set at 16-all. The Bears, though, reeled off eight of the final 12 points to take a 1-0 lead.

In the second the Tritons gained their first edge of the match at 9-8. The two exchanged points before DMACC went on a 5-0 run to again gain control. 

Iowa Central finally put together its first big rally, scoring six in a row to go up 11-9 in the third. The Bears responded with a 7-3 run and put the match away. 

Kealey Anderson had 13 kills and nine digs, Katilyn Steffes added eight kills and Angel Baylark six. Alesha Johnson recorded 24 assists. 

The Tritons return to action on Tuesday when they host Northeast inside Hodges Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Iowa Central swept Northeast earlier this year in Nebraska. 

-By Dana Becker