Oct. 6—INDIANOLA — Newton's volleyball team has been bitten by the injury bug this season.
With another starter out on Tuesday, the Cardinals fell in straight sets to Class 4A No. 13 Indianola during Little Hawkeye Conference play.
The Indians defeated Newton 25-16, 25-15, 25-20 at home.
"We lost in three but overall not a bad night," Newton head volleyball coach Heidi Woollums said. "We had a few streaks where our serve receive broke down, but we were able to bring it back together and stop repeated runs."
Without Chloe Swank in the lineup because of an injury, Audrey Rausch moved to the libero position and Delaney Woollums started at outside hitter opposite of Kadance Ahn.
While the players were put in different spots, Coach Woollums liked how her team responded on the floor.
"It has been a rough season with injuries, but these kids have stepped up and done what is asked of them with no complaints," Coach Woollums said. "They are an awesome group of young women, and I hope they can see the progress they have made even if the record doesn't show it."
Ahn led the Cardinals (6-18 overall, 0-5 in the conference) with seven kills, nine digs and two blocks. Aurora Nehring finished with five kills, two blocks and two aces, Macy Lampe chipped in 14 assists and two digs and Delaney Woollums added two kills and six digs.
Emily Wermager had five digs, Rausch collected three digs and two aces and Hailey Sumpter tallied two digs.
The Cardinals were 48-of-53 in serves with six aces. Sumpter served 7-of-7, Lampe was 12-of-13, Rausch connected on 10-of-11 and Delaney Woollums was 5-of-6.
Indianola improved to 17-11 overall and 4-1 in the LHC.