MEDIAPOLIS 3, IOWA FALLS-ALDEN 2
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Mediapolis outside hitter Jessica Holsteen tugged her wristband that read “Believe.”
Top-ranked Mediapolis (43-0) averted a near-loss against Iowa Falls-Alden Thursday in a Class3-A state volleyball quarterfinal at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Mediapolis rallied after losing the first two sets 22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-3.
“Being behind the first two games is scary,” Holsteen said. “I have faith in my team and I know they have faith in me.”
Iowa Falls-Alden, which ended at 32-5, roared to a strong start.
Kelsey Redmond served two aces during her team’s four-point run to finish the first set.
“We felt like it slipped through our fingers,” Mediapolis coach Dennis Jandrey said.
A 12-3 surge to start the second set put the school in position for a sweep.
Mediapolis rallied. An 8-0 run in the third set started the momentum swing.
By the fifth set, the winners raced to a 12-0 start.
Iowa Falls-Alden was making its first trip to state. Iowa Falls qualified 10 times until 2001.
“We don’t do this, like, ever,” Iowa Falls-Alden outside hitter Jamie Peterson said. “We did it for our team and for our community.”
Peterson held up her team’s trophy after the match and smiled. She had a match-best 28 digs and added seven kills.
By the time she reached the locker room, she and her teammates were crying.
“I don’t think we could have asked any more from us,” Peterson said.
Iowa Falls-Alden’s Redmond finished with six aces, three solo blocks and three block assists. Kylie Gerstein had 11 kills, Harli Janes added 10.
Mediapolis featured balanced offense. Heidi Hillyard led her team with 12 kills. Haley Hillyard, Kensley Heater and Holsteen all added 10.
UNION (LAPORTE CITY) 3, SIOUX CENTER 2
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Sam Barz slashed 17 kills and Payton Hilton added 13 to win a Class 3-A quarterfinal in five sets 25-14, 17-25, 25-8, 23-25, 15-13.
Union (34-7) had 11 aces and compiled four solo blocks and 18 assisted blocks.
Jillian Estes led Sioux Center with 12 kills. The team finished 31-7.
MOUNT VERNON 3, DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 1
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Mount Vernon put an end to second-ranked Davenport Assumption’s first trip to the state tournament, taking Thursday’s four set win 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-17.
The Mustangs (28-10) used swift passing and a balanced defense to frustrate the taller Knights (28-8) into 28 attacking errors.
“We’ve worked really hard on defense this year, and it’s awesome that it came together,” said Mount Vernon junior Hannah Whitley.
Mount Vernon got 10 kills each from Emma Cochrane, Alli Platte and Chelsey Schirm.
Mount Vernon……………..25 20 25 25
Davenport Assumption…22 25 22 17
Kills-assists-digs–MV: Schirm 10-0-24, Melchert 1-34-10, Stark 0-5-40; DA: Fennelly 4-43-12, Cabel 18-1-17, Schneden 13-0-0.
MOC-FV (ORANGE CITY) 3, RED OAK 1
Cedar Rapids, Ia. — Third-ranked MOC-FV of Orange City managed to overpower a young Red Oak team, taking four sets to put away the Tigers, 25-19, 23-25, 25-12, 25-9.
Athletic junior Alexis Conaway led the Dutch (31-8) with 15 kills and 15 digs for their first state tournament win since the consolidation of Maurice-Orange City and Floyd Valley.
“I thought those last couple games we just played fantastic,” said MOC-FV coach Jon Mouw. “When we got up to hit the ball we were getting kills…we just did exactly what we needed to do and it was great for my girls to have that experience.”
The Dutch presented the much shorter Tigers (27-7) matchup problems attacking at net throughout the match.
Red Oak’s sprawling digs took away potential points from the powerful MOC-FV hitters, but a 17-1 Dutch run at the end of the third set pushed away the gathering momentum.
Libero Josie Snyder led Red Oak with 13 digs.
Red Oak…19 25 12 9
MOC-FV…25 23 25 25
Kills-assists-digs–RO: Mahoney 7-0-4, Snyder 0-0-13, White 0-10-3; MOC: Conaway 15-0-15, Brown 2-41-4, Schouten 8-0-16.