Oct. 6—Newton's volleyball team played its best match of the season on Tuesday.
The contest against Dallas Center-Grimes ended in a loss, but the Cardinals pushed the Mustangs to five sets and showed fight throughout the night.
"I'm proud of the fight they showed," Newton head volleyball coach Heidi Woollums said. "They didn't let set two and three get them down. They fought back and played some great volleyball in the final two sets."
Newton grabbed an early lead but couldn't completely keep the momentum as DCG rallied for a 28-30, 25-13, 25-11, 27-25, 15-11 road win in Little Hawkeye Conference play.
The Mustangs' victory spoiled Newton's Senior Night.
"It didn't fall our way, but it very easily could have," Woollums said. "Even though it's the end of the season, we are improving each match."
Kadance Ahn highlighted Newton's night with another double-double. She finished with 20 kills, 16 digs and three aces.
Macy Lampe registered 26 assists, five kills and nine digs and Delaney Woollums finished with 14 kills and five digs and her kill efficiency was .324.
"Delaney played her best match of the season," Coach Woollums said. "Kadance read the DCG hitters well and was able to dig, which kept us in a lot of rallies. She struggled with her hitting in the first few sets but adjusted well to some rotation changes we made and came alive in sets four and five."
Chloe Swank tallied 18 digs and three aces and Hailey Sumpter collected three kills, two blocks and two digs.
Three seniors — Emily Wermager, Audrey Rausch and Roxanna Almazan — were recognized before the match.
Wermager finished with 15 assists and four digs, Rausch tallied four kills, three digs and two aces and Almazan was 2-of-2 in serves.
The Cardinals (6-17 overall, 0-6 in the LHC) were 84-of-91 in serves with 10 aces. Swank served 14-of-14, Lampe finished 13-of-13, Delaney Woollums was 12-of-13 and Sumpter went 10-of-11.
"Audrey put down hits and got her serves in at crucial times, Chloe Swank served the ball very well and Hailey came through when we needed her with blocks and kills," Coach Woollums said. "The team as a whole did a nice job blocking."
Dallas Center-Grimes improved to 17-13 overall and 4-2 in the conference.