Prep Volleyball

Iowa state volleyball tournament 2020: Meet the Gazette area qualifiers

7 area teams have advanced - Iowa City Liberty, Cedar Rapids Xavier, Western Dubuque, West Delaware, Mount Vernon, Union Community and Springville

Ava Hauser (14) is West Delaware's attack leader at 3.46 kills per set. The Hawks face Glenwood in a Class 4A state quar
Ava Hauser (14) is West Delaware’s attack leader at 3.46 kills per set. The Hawks face Glenwood in a Class 4A state quarterfinal Monday. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Capsules on area qualifying teams for the 2020 Iowa high school state volleyball tournament, which runs Monday through Thursday at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse.

Class 5A

No. 5 Iowa City Liberty (22-2)

• Tournament history: 2nd appearance, and second in a row

• Coach: Randy Dolson (4th year at Liberty, 87-40; 35th year overall)

• First-round opponent: The Lightning will face No. 4 West Des Moines Valley (19-6) in a 5A quarterfinal at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Statistical leaders

• Kills per set: Cassidy Hartman, 4.16

• Assists per set: Haley Hested, 6.07

• Aces per set: Hartman, 0.43

• Blocks per set: Shelby Kimm, 0.73

• Digs per set: Addie Schmierer, 3.28

 

Class 4A

No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier (23-6)

• Tournament history: 9th appearance, and fifth in a row. Highlight was a runner-up finish in 2018

• Coach: Austin Filer (5th year, 144-42)

• First-round opponent: The Saints will face unranked Dallas Center-Grimes (17-4) in a 4A quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Monday.

Statistical leaders

• Kills per set: Eve Magill, 3.32

• Assists per set: Jazmine Yamilkoski, 10.14

• Aces per set: Elsie Ridder, 0.56

• Blocks per set: Anika Ivester, 1.34

• Digs per set: Brooklyn Miller, 3.24

 

No. 5 Western Dubuque (24-10)

• Tournament history: 4th appearance, second straight. Class 4A runner-up in 2019.

• Coach: Megan Scherrman (7th year at Western Dubuque, 125-70; 9th year overall, 162-117)

• First-round opponent: The Bobcats will face No. 6 Sergeant Bluff-Luton (23-6) in a 4A quarterfinal at 5:30 p.m. Monday. It’s a rematch of last year’s state final, won by SBL.

Statistical leaders

• Kills per set: Meredith Bahl, 3.54

• Assists per set: Madison Maahs, 10.06

• Aces per set: Ella Meyer, 0.41

• Blocks per set: Libby Lansing, 0.70

• Digs per set: Meyer, 4.53

 

No. 8 West Delaware (27-11)

• Tournament history: 13th appearance (all since 2003), third consecutive.

• Coach: Brett Mather (25th year at West Delaware, 797-193; overall, 869-217)

• First-round opponent: The Hawks will face No. 4 Glenwood (32-2) in a 4A quarterfinal at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Statistical leaders

• Kills per set: Ava Hauser, 3.46

• Assists per set: Carlee Smith, 9.17

• Aces per set: Kayla Felton, 0.62

• Blocks per set: Allie Demmer, 0.59

• Digs per set: Ella koloc, 3.81

 

Class 3A

No. 3 Mount Vernon (30-6)

• Tournament history: 15th appearance, third consecutive. Defending 3A champions, Mustangs also won titles in 1984, 2009 and 2010.

• Coach: Maggie Willems (10th year, 281-112)

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• First-round opponent: The Mustangs will face No. 7 Union Community (31-9) in a 3A quarterfinal at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Statistical leaders

• Kills per set: Lauren Schrock, 3.73

• Assists per set: Sydney Dennis, 9.34

• Aces per set: Dennis, 0.51

• Blocks per set: Camryn Ellyson, 0.66

• Digs per set: Jorie Randall, 3.67

 

No. 7 Union Community (31-9)

• Tournament history: 8th appearance, all since 2010. Class 3A runner-up in 2012.

• Coach: Brian Jesse (11th year at Union, 328-116)

• First-round opponent: The Knights will face No. 3 Mount Vernon (30-6) in a 3A quarterfinal at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Statistical leaders

• Kills per set: Belle Weber, 5.18

• Assists per set: Allie Driscol, 9.51

• Aces per set: Lexi Nolan, 0.57

• Blocks per set: Ellie Behrens, 0.38

• Digs per set: Sophie Winkelpleck, 3.75

 

Class 1A

No. 7 Springville (27-4)

• Tournament history: 7th appearance, fifth in the last six years.

• Coach: Claude Howard (8th year, 216-84)

• First-round opponent: The Orioles will face No. 4 Gladbrook-Reinbeck in a 1A quarterfinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Statistical leaders

• Kills per set: Lauren Wilson, 2.73

• Assists per set: Nia Howard, 9.14

• Aces per set: Savannah Nealman, 0.49

• Blocks per set: Lily Clark, 0.55

• Digs per set: Grace Matus, 5.43

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