The IKM-Manning girls went 2-4 in matches and 5-9 in games at the South Central Calhoun Invitational on Saturday at Lake City.
IKM-Manning’s two victories were over Belmond-Klemme (21-13, 21-17) and Greene County (21-19, 20-22, 15-13).
The Wolves lost to Audubon (21-11, 21-14), South Central Calhoun (21-14, 21-15), South Hamilton (21-17, 21-16) and Pocahontas Area (18-21, 21-14, 15-13).
"After a frustrating start, the girls played better as a unit. I changed some lineup positions and our offense as the day went along and it seemed to work a lot better," commented IKM-Manning coach Kathy Lage.
"Lexi Branning had a good day at the net. Emily Kerkhoff and Mya Nelson continued to improve in the back row. Today, we were able to score a few more points with our serving," she added.
Branning led IKM-Manning hitters with 29 kills in all. Lauren Danner had 14 kills. Kerkhoff added 12 kills and Sierra Ferry had 10 kills.
Miranda Benton led the Wolves with 34 assists in setting. Bianca Cadwell was next with 21 assists.
Kerkhoff had 10 ace serves on the day and a team-high 27 digs.
Branning also led at the net with seven total blocks. Kerkhoff had four blocks in all for the Wolves, which moved to 2-5 overall in matches and 6-12 in games played on the season.