Prep Volleyball

Unity Christian ousts Beckman in state volleyball semifinals

Blazers eliminated with four-set defeat

CEDAR RAPIDS — It appeared that Dyersville Beckman had settled in.

After dropping Game 1 of Thursday’s Class 2A state semifinal to No. 5 Unity Christian, the Blazers bounced back for an impressive win in Game 2 and jumped ahead 7-1 in Game 3.

At that point, Unity Christian’s Corrina Timmermanns took her game to another level. The 5-foot-10 senior fueled a comeback that saw the Knights come from behind to take the game.

That momentum carried over to Game 4 as Unity Christian (32-6) posted a 25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 25-18 victory over the No. 2 Blazers, earning a spot in Friday’s 4:45 p.m. final opposite rival Western Christian, which advanced with a sweep of Sidney.

Beckman closes at 44-4.

Blazers Coach Todd Troutman said his team didn’t have an answer for Timmermans, who had 24 kills to go along with 11 digs.

“We knew who their weapons were,” he said, “but she was just on tonight. We had our block set for her, but she just went around it and over it.”

Timmermans didn’t really have an answer for her inspired play in Game 3.

“I’m not really sure what happened,” she said. “After they get a set you want to be sure and take the next one and start out strong.”

In Game 4, the Blazers trailed 17-16, but were only able to score two points the rest of the way. Timmermans and Jori Bronner, who finished with 19 kills, were key as the Knights closed out the match.

Troutman was proud of the way his team continued to compete.

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“It was a back-and-forth match,” he said. “We were trying to get things going. A little frustration did set in, but I thought we battled right through it.”

Heather Boeckenstedt led the Blazers with 19 kills. Sydney Arens had 21 digs and Sydney Steffen had 43 assists.

Knights Coach Patty Timmermans said the final with Western Christian will be special.

“To play them, who we are friends with, go to church with and some of us are related, will create an interesting dynamic for a state championship match,” she said. “We’ll try and make the most of it and go out there and play our best.”

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