JANESVILLE 3, STANTON 0
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Janesville hit .327 as a team to top Stanton in a quarterfinal 25-19, 25-13, 25-17.
Emily Ruth led the way with 13 kills and Anna Backstrom had 10. The team also had 10 aces.
Stanton was led by Carmen Subbert’s 12 kills. The team finished 34-3.
GRUNDY CENTER 3, GRANDVIEW PARK BAPTIST 0
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Grandview Park Baptist’s fans chanted “We’ll be back” as the final moments of the team’s trip to the state volleyball tournament drifted away.
The Defenders ended a thrilling season with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-13 loss against No.1-ranked Grundy Center Thursday in a Class1-A state quarterfinal at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
Grandview Park had four seniors on the roster. One, outside hitter Bailey Oberbroeckling, started on the team.
“I think playing big competition gives us the mental picture of what it takes,” setter McKaylla Bell said.
Grundy Center (34-6) got a 22-kill performance from Samantha Meyers, who hit .636.
The winners hit .387 as a team and smashed 11 ace serves. Three other players had six or more kills. Setting star Heather Hook dished out 35 assists.
“They’re definitely a state championship team,” Bell said. “They deserve it.”
Grandview Park finished the year at 29-7. The team overcame a ranked foe in a regional final against East Union of Afton, but couldn’t pull off the upset this time.
“Everything they did, from their serve receive to the speed of their offense was great,” Grandview Park coach Matt Thompson said.
Emily Wolfe led a balanced Grandview offensive attack with seven kills. Maddie Thompson and Kaylee Whittington both added five. Wolfe and Thompson are juniors, Whittington is another sophomore.
The team was perfect on 46-of-46 serving.
Wolfe and Bell both had seven digs for the defense.
Grundy Center rolled to a 25-13 win in the opening set.
The teams were tied 3-3 in the third set before Grundy Center scored the next six points.
“It was good to know what we need to look forward to in order to get back next year,” sophomore Dani DeGraff said.
Grandview’s players will work hard to prepare for an encore, coach Thompson said.
“We’ve got a good group coming back,” Thompson said. “The experience of coming here will pay off.”
TRIPOLI 3, LEMARS GEHLEN 0
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Four-time defending state champion Tripoli replayed the result of last year’s Class1-A title game with a sweep of LeMars Gehlen on Thursday night.
The third-ranked Panthers (36-5) looked every bit the dominant side they’ve been in recent years during the first two sets. A late push by the emotional Jays (21-11) couldn’t halt the 25-19, 25-11, 25-21 result.
“We’ve just tried to keep up the hard work in practices, and playing as a team really helps in keeping our mentality up,” said Tripoli senior Bailey Kirchoff.
Tripoli exposed a gap in the center of the Gehlen defense time and again, with Kirchoff leading the Panthers with 13 kills.
Tripoli has beaten the Jays three straight years in Cedar Rapids.
FORT MADISON HOLY TRINITY 3, BELLEVUE MARQUETTE 0
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Mikaela Foecke hammered 18 kills to lift No.2 Holy Trinity to the 25-22, 25-12, 25-16 sweep.
Holy Trinity (44-4) hit .405 as a team. Foecke led the way with a .630 effort.
Marquette finished 29-6. Danielle Bender had eight kills.