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Iowa high school state volleyball 2019: Thursday's scores, photos and match recaps

Ankeny's Macy Wiederin (8) and Malea Daugherty (5) go up to block a shot by Cedar Falls' Emmy Wedgbury (14) during a Class 5A state volleyball semifinal match at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Ankeny's Macy Wiederin (8) and Malea Daugherty (5) go up to block a shot by Cedar Falls' Emmy Wedgbury (14) during a Class 5A state volleyball semifinal match at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The championship matchups have been set in all five classes after semifinal Thursday at the Iowa high school state volleyball tournament.

Scroll down for scores, photos and complete coverage from the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

» Brackets: Updated state volleyball scores, pairings and schedule

Class 5A scores

No. 1 Cedar Falls 3, No. 4 Ankeny 1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-15)

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing this week for the Cedar Falls Tigers, and maybe that’s for the best.

“This is unusual for us,” middle hitter Alayna Yates said. “In (the Mississippi Valley Conference), we weren’t tested that much. Now we have to battle some obstacles, and I’m really impressed with how we’ve bounced back.”

The top-ranked Tigers spotted No. 4 Ankeny the first set, then stormed back.

» Read more: No. 1 Cedar Falls drops the opener, then roars back to the state volleyball finals

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No. 3 West Des Moines Valley 3, No. 7 Pleasant Valley 0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-16)

They watched and they learned.

Now the West Des Moines Valley volleyball team is on its way to the Class 5A state title match.

The Tigers saw how serving tough benefited Pleasant Valley in the Spartans’ quarterfinal win over Iowa City Liberty. Coach Jeremy Mikesel’s team used the same approach to take down PV in Friday’s semifinal.

» Read more: West Des Moines Valley sweeps Pleasant Valley in state volleyball semifinals

 

Class 4A scores

No. 1 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3, No. 5 West Delaware 0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15)

 Kenzie Foley remembered that West Delaware likes to play fast.

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“We know their tempo. They have a great setter,” Foley said. “We just had to slow them down and shut them down as much as we could.” Done.

Foley collected 20 kills, and top-ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton kept No. 5 West Delaware on its heels in a Class 4A semifinal sweep.

» Read more: Sergeant Bluff-Luton sweeps West Delaware in state volleyball semifinals

 

No. 10 Western Dubuque 3, No. 8 Marion 1 (25-14, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22)

Western Dubuque’s magical run through the Class 4A state volleyball tournament continued Thursday.

After taking out three-time defending state champion Dubuque Wahlert in regional play and the other 2018 finalist, Cedar Rapids Xavier, in the state quarterfinals, the No. 10 Bobcats pulled another upset in the semifinals.

» Read more: Western Dubuque's state volleyball run continues with win over Marion

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Class 3A scores

No. 7 Mount Vernon 3, No. 13 Union 2 (25-21, 22-25, 18-25, 25-10, 15-13)

Miracle Mustangs? No, that makes it sound like this was an accident.

Marathon Mustangs, that’s more accurate.

Once again, seventh-ranked Mount Vernon was simply five-tastic, winning their fourth straight five-set postseason match.

» Read more: Mount Vernon wins another marathon in state volleyball semifinals

 

No. 2 Carroll Kuemper 3, No. 3 Red Oak 2 (25-19, 25-13, 23-25, 23-25, 15-10)

Kara Peter aid there was “no doubt.”

In deference to Carroll Kuemper’s standout hitter, there was plenty of doubt as the Knights’ Class 3A state semifinal match against Hawkeye 10 Conference rival Red Oak hung in the balance.

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The defending 3A champions, after winning the first two sets, were facing an 8-5 deficit in Game 5. But the 6-foot-3 hitter had three straight kills down the stretch as the No. 2 Knights (37-4) closed strong to oust the third-ranked Tigers.

» Read more: Carroll Kuemper outlasts Hawkeye 10 rival Red Oak in state volleyball semifinals

 

Class 2A scores

No. 1 Western Christian 3, No. 5 Osage 0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-21)

Each of her teams, Tammi Veerbeek said, has a unique indentity.

“Every group is different,” she said. “This team really plays for each other. They don’t care who gets the kills or who gets to come into the media room.”

Different identities, but a common destination.

» Read more: Western Christian reaches state championship match for 10th straight year

 

No. 3 Dyersville Beckman 3, No. 7 Clarion CGD 0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-18)

Dyersville Beckman volleyball coach Todd Trautman tapped his chest Thursday afternoon during his interview session after the Trailblazers’ Class 2A state semifinal match.

“You get a three-game sweep, it’s good for the old ticker,” Trautman said. “You never count on that.”

Speaking of heart, Trautman said his team has displayed a lot of it throughout their tournament run.

» Read more: Another sweep puts Dyersville Beckman in state volleyball finals

 

Class 1A scores

No. 1 Sidney 3, No. 5 North Tama 1 (25-23, 16-25, 25-16, 25-17)

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Kelsey Hobbie wore a giant ice pack on her hip into the press room. Presley Brumbaugh had one to match, on her elbow.

“I landed sideways at the regional final,” Hobbie said. “During the match, the adrenaline kicks in and I can’t feel anything. But I’m pretty sore right now.”

She has one more match through which to gut it out.

Hobbie swatted 19 kills, and top-ranked Sidney maneuvered through some second-set lethargy to oust No. 5 North Tama in four sets.

» Read more: Sidney ends North Tama's most successful season in state semifinals

 

No. 6 Wapsie Valley 3, No. 8 Fort Madison Holy Trinity 0 (25-23, 30-28, 25-19)

There were many momentum swings in Thursday’s match but each time Wapsie Valley was challenged, the players had a response.

“When it was close, we just had to work together,” said sophomore hitter Lydia Imbrogno, who led the winners with 19 kills. “If we missed a shot or shanked a pass, we didn’t let it bother us and we just moved on and kept working.”

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» Read more: Wapsie Valley responds to every Holy Trinity challenge in state volleyball sweep

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