Here we go again: It's Dike-New Hartford vs. Western in 2A state volleyball final

2A semifinal: Wolverines close out St. Albert in 50 minutes

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Last year, they huddled together for a mass picture, these two powerhouse programs.

But now, it’s back to business.

Top-ranked Dike-New Hartford held up its end of the bargain, dispatching No. 4 Council Bluffs St. Albert, 25-12, 25-15, 25-6, in a 50-minute Class 2A semifinal at the state volleyball tournament Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Center.

“We just did our thing,” Morgan Weber said. “We passed the ball, and we were able to set up and get kills.”

Dike-New Hartford (49-3) has been relentless here this week, winning all six sets by a 150-63 margin. That’s decisive, to say the least.

Now, it gets interesting. Now, it gets fun.

The Wolverines face old rival Western Christian for the championship at 4:45 Friday afternoon. No. 2 Western (39-6) swept No. 3 Grundy Center in its semifinal.

“We have a ton of respect for them,” DNH Coach Diane Harms said. “It’s a great rivalry, a friendly one.”

DNH beat Western for the 2A title four straight years from 2011 through 2014. Last year, the Wolverines moved up to 3A, and both teams claimed titles. Afterward, they assembled for a mass photo of excellence.

But now, once again, it’s business.

DNH dominated St. Albert (28-4), hitting .531 as a team. In the third set, the Wolverines jumped to leads of 9-0 and 13-1, and amassed 14 kills without an error.

Weber, Amber Rickert and Baylee Petersen collected 11 kills apiece, and Carlee Dove added 10. Madison Hedges posted 42 assists, and University of Texas recruit Sydney Petersen counted 14 digs.

Sydney McLaren had nine kills for St. Albert.

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