Cedar Valley Christian volleyball's latest milestone: A winning season

Huskies travel to Easton Valley for 1A regional quarterfinal

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Year by year, the Cedar Valley Christian volleyball program continues to grow.

Now in Year 7 as an IGHSAU-sanctioned program, Cedar Valley has its first winning season.

“We continue to build,” Huskies Coach Jeff Pospisil said. “We have our core back from last year, and it has made for some exciting volleyball.

“We’ve gotten better, but so has most of the rest of our league.”

Cedar Valley Christian (16-12) is at Easton Valley (10-14) in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal Monday. First serve is 7 p.m. at Miles.

The Huskies and the River Hawks were part of a second-place tie in the Tri-Rivers Conference East Division, with the latter winning a four-set match in league play.

“It was nip and tuck all the way, and we expect this to be another close battle,” Pospisil said.

Sophomore Abby Pospisil (Jeff’s daughter) and senior Maggie Cach are the Huskies’ top offensive threats, averaging 3.33 and 2.59 kills per set, respectively.

“There’s always a balance when you coach your daughter,” Coach Pospisil said. “We followed her to all of her club matches when she was younger. She’s a great player, and really loves the game.”

Regional quarterfinals are Monday in all of 1A and 2A. Seven area ranked teams take the floor, led by 1A No. 2 Springville (35-2), a heavy favorite to reach its third straight state tournament. The Orioles host Calamus-Wheatland (7-18).

A pair of divisional champions collide in a 2A match: River Valley Conference North co-champion North Cedar (21-15) against Tri-Rivers West winner Lisbon (25-11).

“They have a couple pretty good hitters that we’re going to have to shut down,” Knights Coach Traci Smith said.

Meanwhile, North Cedar has senior Darby Hawtrey, a four-year starter who averages 3.95 kills per set with a .319 kill efficiency.

“She just brings so much to the table for us,” Smith said. “I don’t know if I can really explain it. She does a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff for us that makes a huge impact for our team.

Winners advance to Thursday’s regional semifinals.

In the larger three classes, regional semifinals are Tuesday.

Monday's Class 2A regional quarterfinals

(All matches, 7 p.m.)

Region 5

Hudson (17-15) at Grundy Center (33-6)

Conrad BCLUW (21-15) at Belle Plaine (18-9)

Pella Christian (19-15) at Van Meter (24-4)

Sigourney (11-16) at Pekin (21-15)

Region 6

Saint Ansgar (10-12) at Lake Mills (37-3)

Central Springs (25-8) at South Hamilton (21-10)

Sumner-Fredericksburg (14-18) at Wapsie Valley (17-13)

Nashua-Plainfield (12-19) at South Winneshiek (16-13)

Region 7

East Buchanan (20-10) at Maquoketa Valley (13-15)

Denver (16-17) at Dike-New Hartford (44-3)

North Cedar (21-15) at Lisbon (25-11)

Cascade (16-18) at Bellevue (19-12)

Region 8

West Branch (10-22) at Iowa City Regina (25-8)

Danville (8-17) at Van Buren (19-10)

Durant (14-20) at Wilton (32-5)

Mediapolis (12-20) at West Burlington (25-7)

Monday's Class 1A regional quarterfinals

(7 p.m. unless noted)

Region 4

Collins-Maxwell (18-7) at North Tama (26-7)

Grand View Christian (22-20) at Montezuma (30-5)

Exira-EHK (15-17) at Coon Rapids-Bayard (19-13)

Ankeny Christian (10-16) at Anita CAM (14-18)

Region 5

Mason City Newman (11-13) at Dunkerton (18-7), 7:15 p.m.

Northwood-Kensett (7-19) vs. Lansing Kee (19-13), at Riceville

North Butler (16-16) at Tripoli (22-13)

Rockford (13-14) at North Iowa (17-15)

Region 6

Elkader Central (15-10) at Starmont (27-5)

Don Bosco (17-16) vs. Waterloo Christian (4-19), at Dunkerton, 5:45 p.m.

BGM (4-24) at Iowa Valley (26-10)

Cedar Valley Christian (16-12) at Easton Valley (10-14)

Region 7

English Valleys (12-14) at HLV (14-7)

Iowa Mennonite (15-13) at Winfield-Mount Union (13-18)

Calamus-Wheatland (7-15) at Springville (35-2)

Morning Star Academy (16-3) at Bellevue Marquette (17-12)

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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