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Cedar Rapids Kennedy faces Iowa City West for third time in 12 days

And this time, postseason survival is on the line

Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Katie Jensen (10) and Sadie Powell (12) block a spike attempt during a match at the Linn-Mar Invitational volleyball tournament Sept. 8. The Cougars (14-19) host Iowa City West (13-23) in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal Wednesday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Katie Jensen (10) and Sadie Powell (12) block a spike attempt during a match at the Linn-Mar Invitational volleyball tournament Sept. 8. The Cougars (14-19) host Iowa City West (13-23) in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal Wednesday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

This isn’t exactly a blind draw. When Cedar Rapids Kennedy hosts Iowa City West in a Class 5A regional-quarterfinal volleyball match Wednesday, it will be their third meeting in a 12-day stretch.

“I like our draw,” Kennedy Coach Michelle Goodall said. “It’s hard to beat a team three times, but we’re pretty confident. We’ll see how the chips fall.”

First serve is 7 p.m.

The Cougars (14-19) prevailed over the Women of Troy (13-23) at the Westside Invitational on Oct. 6, then won their MVC Valley Division encounter three days later in four sets.

Kennedy has won five of its last seven matches and advanced to the championship bracket of the MVC tournament Saturday at Cedar Falls.

“We’ve been competitive,” Goodall said. “We just need to get more consistency.”

The postseason begins Wednesday in 3A, 4A and 5A. It’s a partial schedule in the largest two classes, a full slate in 3A.

Four area teams are ranked in the 3A top 10, led by No. 2 Tipton (34-3), which is a heavy favorite to return to the state tournament. One of only two teams above .500 in its region, the Tigers open at home against Mid-Prairie (7-22).

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Tipton has won 28 of its last 29 matches, claimed the River Valley Conference South Division championship and captured the RVC tournament title.

Among the other area heavyweights, No. 5 Center Point-Urbana (27-12) hosts Hampton-Dumont (7-22), No. 8 West Liberty (25-10) entertains West Burlington (21-8) and No. 9 Mount Vernon (24-15) hosts Benton Community (22-17).

Mount Vernon will be without coach Maggie Willems, who will be on medical leave for at least the first round. Robin Brand will serve as acting head coach.

The West-Kennedy match is one of three encounters involving Metro/Iowa City teams (the rest earned first-round byes). Cedar Rapids Washington (5-30) is at Marshalltown (12-19) in another 5A match, and Marion (18-19) hosts DeWitt Central (11-26) in 4A.

Regional semifinals are next Tuesday in 3A, 4A and 5A. Regional finals are Oct. 29.

Wednesday's Class 5A regional quarterfinals

(All matches 7 p.m.)

Region 4

Cedar Rapids Washington (5-30) at Marshalltown (12-19)

Region 5

Iowa City West (13-23) at Cedar Rapids Kennedy (14-19)

Region 7

Davenport North (9-19) at Bettendorf (14-17)

Region 8

Davenport West (3-22) at Muscatine (10-20)

Wednesday's Class 4A regional quarterfinals

(All matches 7 p.m.)

Region 4

Mason City (7-21) at Webster City (17-17)

Decorah (6-27) at Charles City (13-27)

Region 5

Waterloo East (3-27) at Grinnell (14-19)

DeWitt Central (11-26) at Marion (18-19)

Region 6

Maquoketa (8-31) at Western Dubuque (15-17)

Burlington (6-23) at North Scott (21-11)

Region 7

Carlisle (15-16) at Knoxville (17-14)

Newton (4-21) at Oskaloosa (11-18)

Region 8

Keokuk (4-18) at Washington (10-18)

Mount Pleasant (4-28) at Fairfield (29-5)

Wednesday's Class 3A regional quarterfinals

(All matches 7 p.m.)

Region 4

Hampton-Dumont (7-22) at Center Point-Urbana (27-12)

Waterloo Columbus (23-16) at Union Community (27-14)

West Marshall (17-18) at Iowa Falls-Alden (27-6)

South Hardin (6-20) at Clarion CGD (24-8)

Region 5

Vinton-Shellsburg (15-21) at Solon (21-17)

Benton Community (22-17) at Mount Vernon (24-15)

North Polk (19-15) at Nevada (22-17)

Saydel (1-21) at Des Moines Christian (23-7)

Region 6

Mid-Prairie (7-22) at Tipton (34-3)

South Tama (12-29) at Williamsburg (18-17)

Monroe PCM (5-24) at Eddyville EBF (10-21)

Clarke (8-12) at Chariton (12-15)

Region 7

Louisa-Muscatine (6-19) at Davenport Assumption (28-5)

West Burlington (21-8) at West Liberty (25-10)

Centerville (7-17) at Central Lee (22-9)

Albia (15-17) at Davis County (19-20)

Region 8

Monticello (12-21) at Camanche (26-6)

Oelwein (8-27) at Anamosa (21-14)

North Fayette Valley (7-17) at New Hampton (33-5)

Crestwood (15-18) at Waukon (16-17)

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