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Moravia senior night spoiled by Lamoni



Moravia walks out into to position for the start of the third set. The Lady Mohawks wore special pink jerseys for cancer awareness night.


It was a pink out in Moravia as they were hosting cancer awareness night to go along with their senior night. The Lady Mohawks honored their seven seniors prior to their 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-12) loss to Lamoni.

“It was a really fun night being able to celebrate our seniors as well as having a cancer awareness benefit night. The crowd and student section were outstanding. Unfortunately, we came out on the short end of our matches against a very strong Lamoni team,” coach Derek Reischauer said.

The crowd and the student section were fierce and loud all match but would ultimately not be enough against a tough Lamoni squad.

Moravia would use that tremendous crowd energy early on to help them in a back-and-forth start with both teams tied at five. Lamoni would then start to find a groove on offense and they were able to get their excellent hitters involved to pull away and take the first set.

With the crowd still loudly backing their Lady Mohawks, Moravia would once again come out with energy and get a great start to the second set. Lauren Perry would take over the match getting multiple blocks in the same rally and getting a few kills to give Moravia a 7-2 advantage.

Perry would lead Moravia with 12 blocks and four kills to go along with two aces.

Lamoni would answer back after a timeout with a couple of huge runs. First, a quick 5-0 run would tie the match at seven and force a timeout from Moravia. Then a 15-6 run would give Lamoni a 17-13 lead late in the second set. Lamoni would finish off the set on a crushing 8-1 run taking some of the energy out of the crowd.

Moravia’s struggle with ball control and first touches on Lamoni’s serves hurt them again in the third set as Lamoni held a steady lead throughout the final set. The Lady Mohawks were unable to mount a comeback and Lamoni would take the match in a sweep.

The serve looked good for Moravia as they would go 38-for-40 with seven aces. They would also total 51 digs on the night with Alexus Hawk (16) and Payton Maddy (11) leading the way there.

Hitting continued to be a problem for Moravia as they had a tough time getting into their system against Lamoni. They would finish the night with a negative kill efficiency and were only able to tally 12 kills on 70 attack attempts.

Of course the night wasn’t all a loss for Moravia. Everyone did an outstanding job in raising money and awareness for cancer, and those pink jerseys were awesome.

“I was very proud of our girls and the effort they made to make the cancer benefit night a success. They and their families donated all the items that were auctioned off and we were able to raise $516 that will go to a worthy cause,” Reischauer said.

Moravia (9-12) will finish out their regular season on Thursday when they travel to Montezuma for a triangular with Tri-County (0-12) and No. 9 Montezuma (19-3) at 5:30 p.m.

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