MASON CITY - The Marshalltown Community College volleyball team buried itself under an insurmountable deficit in the fifth set of what Tigers head coach Chris Brees believed should have been a four-game road victory in conference play.
NIACC took full advantage of Marshalltown's miscues in the deciding set, securing its first ICCAC Division II win of the season Wednesday night.
The Trojans survived Marshalltown's fast start long enough to watch the Tigers fizzle at the end, with NIACC (7-12, 1-2) claiming a 3-2 triumph by scores of 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-23, 15-5.
The stinker at the end, Brees said, left a bitter taste in his mouth. MCC had 11 swinging errors in the final set, trailing 12-0 before managing to side out.
"I usually try to be pretty positive but it's very dissatisfying as a coach when team members give up on the floor," he said. "We didn't play as a team and it showed."
The Tigers (6-15, 1-2) were led by Mady Van Metre's 15 kills, and Katelyn Yauslin contributed 10 kills. Sophomore setter Tanya Literski totaled 36 assists in the loss.
Libero player Ashley Salgado finished with 26 digs, while Van Meter and Alyssa Whitmore both charted 17 digs.
"There were spurts of good things, but to fold the way we did in games four and five is disappointing," said Brees. "Tonight wasn't a lack of depth, it was a lack of effort in some cases.
"This was a conference road game and you need to be able to pull them out, and (NIACC) gave us the opportunity. We just didn't seize it."
The Tigers are off this weekend with a pair of home matches slated for next week. MCC plays host to Southwestern on Tuesday and this same NIACC squad on Wednesday.