Down 2-0, No. 1 Sioux Center rallies, survives in state volleyball semifinals

3A semifinal: Warriors storm back and outlast Osage

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Once the Sioux Center Warriors started, there was no stopping them.

Down two sets, top-ranked Sioux Center roared back and rallied past No. 6 Osage, 16-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-10, 15-8, in a Class 3A semifinal at the state volleyball tournament Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Center.

“I’ve seen the girls play like that before. There were no inhibitions, and when they play like that, it’s really tough to stop them,” Sioux Center Coach Julie Oldenkamp said.

“I’m just so thankful I get to coach them one more time.”

That will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, when the Warriors (34-5) face No. 3 Waterloo Columbus (35-8) for the 3A championship. The teams have one item in common — they both rallied from 2-0 deficits Thursday.

Sioux Center is a veteran crew, with eight seniors on the roster.

“Even since fifth grade, we were saying we were going to be the grade that does things,” said setter Jordyn VanMaanen.

Rallying like they did Thursday, that’s certainly doing something.

Osage (26-10) rolled through the first set and rallied from a 20-19 deficit to capture the second. Then, fortunes changed.

“We talked about what we needed to do as a team,” Alexis Toering said. “We had to start communicating better and minimizing our mistakes.”

The Warriors won the next two, then scored eight of 10 points to take control of the fifth at 9-5.

Sioux Center’s kill efficiency was .449 in the last three sets. Toering led the Warriors with 17 kills. Makenna Traver added 16, Alyssa Mulder 14, Camryn Cleveringa 10. VanMaanen collected 48 assists.

Kelsey Havel paced Osage with 16 kills. Sydney Midlang and Brenna Jacobs added 14 apiece.

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

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