ARLINGTON — As the interview progressed and the subject changed, words came more difficult for Regan Janssen.
“It’s very sad, this being our last match here,” Janssen said. “Very sad. It’s hard to talk about. There are so many fond memories here.”
Tuesday night, the Starmont Stars made one more.
Fourth-ranked Starmont dominated from start to finish and overwhelmed Springville, 25-13, 25-9, 25-17, in a Class 1A regional-semifinal volleyball match at Starmont High School.
“We were really prepared and really focused,” said Madilyn Vaske, who led all attackers with 14 kills. “We were able to feed off the crowd.”
The Stars (28-6) will face HLV (19-10) — a straight-set winner over No. 14 Don Bosco — in a regional final Tuesday, currently scheduled for Dunkerton. Win that, and they’ll advance to the state tournament for the third straight year.
Starmont had never been to state until this present crew arrived, and most of the key parts are seniors now. Seven of them in all.
Springville finished a transition season at 16-21. The Orioles battled, but the Stars were superior. The hosts gained the upper hand almost immediately, assembling a 17-3 run early in the first set, then closing out the second with a 21-3 rush.
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“Communication was key tonight,” said Janssen, who ran the offense with proficiency, accumulating 36 assists to go along with five aces. “We were running a lot of stuff, and it felt like there was a lot of flexibility to our attack.”
Macy Mommer added nine kills, and the Stars finished with a 39-17 advantage in that department. Hayley Goedken tacked on six kills, Vanessa Hamlett and Isabel Johanns five apiece.
Kali Spicer paced Springville with seven kills.
EDGEWOOD-COLESBURG 3, ELKADER CENTRAL 1 — The ninth-ranked Vikings settled a score and moved within one step of history.
Kelsi Askeland notched 16 kills, and Ed-Co atoned for a 2017 first-round regional loss, 25-19, 25-17, 15-25, 25-21.
“They got us last year, and we just couldn’t let it happen again,” Askeland said. “We came out with a lot of energy. We were pumped to win.”
Ed-Co (25-10) plays for its first state-tournament appearance Tuesday, when it faces No. 6 Tripoli (22-15) in a regional final at Oelwein. A victory would send the Vikings to their first state tournament.
The Vikings rolled through the first two sets, dropped the third, then held a 22-21 lead in the fourth before scoring the final three points, the last of which came on an Askeland kill.
“We had to end it in four,” Askeland said. “You get to the fifth, and it’s hard to finish it off.”
Delaney Bergan distributed 36 assists for the Vikings.
Lizzie Gifford paced Central (22-8) with 12 kills.
EDGEWOOD-COLESBURG 3, ELKADER CENTRAL 1 (25-19, 25-17, 15-25, 25-21)
1A Regional Semifinal, at Arlington
Serving — Central 71-83 (.855), Ed-Co 80-88 (.909).
Aces — Central 2 (Hannah Erickson 2), Ed-Co 5 (Natalie Wessel 3).
Kills — Central 40 (Lizzie Gifford 12), Ed-Co 46 (Kelsi Askeland 16).
Assists — Central 38 (Erickson 26), Ed-Co 43 (Delaney Bergan 36).
Blocks — Central 2 (Erickson, Gifford), Ed-Co 2 (Haley Fitzpatrick, Annie Hoffman).
STARMONT 3, SPRINGVILLE 0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-17)
1A Regional Semifinal, at Arlington
Serving — Springville 38-40 (.950), Starmont 68-73 (.932).
Aces — Springville 4 (Nichole Kane 2), Starmont 9 (Regan Janssen 5).
Kills — Springville 17 (Kali Spicer 7), Starmont 39 (Madilyn Vaske 14).
Assists — Springville 15 (Rylee Chapman 11), Starmont 39 (Janssen 37).
Blocks — Springville 1 (Chapman), Starmont 2 (Macy Mommer, Isabel Johanns).
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