Prep Volleyball

Iowa state volleyball tournament 2018: Tuesday's quarterfinal scores and coverage


(Liz Martin/The Gazette)
(Liz Martin/The Gazette)

It’s Iowa high school state volleyball week in Cedar Rapids.

The tournament began Tuesday with quarterfinals in Classes 5A and 4A. Here's a look at all of the scores and our area coverage. and we’ll update this post all day with the latest set and match scores and live streams.

CLASS 5A

No. 1 Cedar Falls 3, No. 10 Waukee 0 (27-25, 25-14, 25-9)

Top-ranked Cedar Falls stretched its winning streak to 74 consecutive matches with a Class 5A quarterfinal sweep.

“Most of us haven’t been on the court here before, and the jitters were out early,” Dara Hulstein said. “We just wanted to get that first set over with, then show them what we’ve got in the next two.”

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No. 5 Linn-Mar 3, No. 4 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20)

The Linn-Mar Lions force-fed Cedar Rapids Jefferson another bitter postseason pill. 

Running its gameplan — keep the ball away from Kaylee Donner at all costs — to perfection, fifth-ranked Linn-Mar avenged a pair of regular-season defeats.

“We developed that plan last week, and we followed it point by point today,” setter Megan Renner said after the Lions eliminated Jefferson in a first-round state match for the second straight year.

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No. 2 Ankeny Centennial 3, No. 7 West Des Moines Dowling 1 (25-10, 25-19, 23-25, 25-12)

Ankeny Centennial is a regular at the state volleyball tournament.

Second-ranked Centennial continued its run with another trip to the semifinals.

“Our goal is a state championship, but it’s one game at a time,” Senior Kenna Sauer said. “To make it to the second game ... we’re excited to get to the next round.”

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No. 3 West Des Moines Valley 3, No. 6 Ankeny 0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-18)

West Des Moines Valley was workmanlike in its first match at the state volleyball tournament.

The returning state runner-up Tigers will continue to chase a shot to conclude some unfinished business. 

“We’ve been working really hard and that’s been our goal from the beginning of the season, knowing we’ve been in that position before,” Valley senior Madi Kubik said. “We lost our opportunity last year, so we still have another shot, so we’re going to work hard and play our hardest to get back there.”

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CLASS 4A

No. 1 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3, No. 8 West Delaware 1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21)

It’s no mystery that the West Delaware Hawks like to run fast.

So Macey Kleitsch’s post-match observation was filled with irony.

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“We would let one mistake turn into two,” she said. “Sometimes, the game just got a little too fast for us.”

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No. 4 Dubuque Wahlert 3, No. 5 Independence 2 (25-17, 27-29, 25-17, 16-25, 17-15)

For two hours, Aliyah Carter and Madison Larson took turns teeing off from above the net.

Unfittingly, the final point of the match came with Carter at the service line and Larson on the bench.

“You’ve got to give them credit,” Independence Coach Joe Schmitz said. “I thought we had them on the ropes, but they found a way to get it back. It was a lot of kids playing for their high-school lives, and they left everything on the floor.”

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No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier 3, No. 7 Pella 0 (25-18, 28-26, 25-13)

Cedar Rapids Xavier could have been content and conceded.

The only problem is the Saints aren’t wired that way. So, when they faced set point twice and the possibility of splitting the first two games, the Saints rattled off three straight points.

“This has been an interesting year where a lot of people weren’t sure exactly what to expect,” Xavier Coach Austin Filer said. “We graduated some amazing seniors in the past couple years that have put us in a great position to great. These kids have really jumped on board and pushed it."

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No. 3 Dallas Center-Grimes 3, No. 6 Bondurant-Farrar 0 (25-17, 29-27, 25-21)

Dallas Center-Grimes finds itself in unchartered territory.

The Fillies had never won a match in two previous state volleyball appearances. According to officials, they hadn’t even taken a set.

“It’s a pretty special feeling,” Fillies senior middle hitter Tiffany Denger said. “We’ve wanted this since last year, so the fact that we made it further and we’re still moving forward is an awesome feeling.”

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