CEDAR RAPIDS — First objective: Extend the match.
“We weren’t going to go down in three,” said. Kaitlin Floerchinger.
As it turned out, the Treynor Cardinals didn’t go down at all.
No. 4 Treynor climbed all the way out of a two-game home and outlasted No. 12 Southern Cal, 19-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-8, in a Class 1A quarterfinal at the state volleyball tournament Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Center.
“In the huddle (after the second game), we were saying that we weren’t going down without a fight,” said Coach Janet Fiene. “We’ve been down before.”
Tayler Geer collected 22 kills and Floerchinger added 21 as the Cardinals (37-4) advanced to play No. 3 Schaller-Crestland in a semifinal at 6 p.m. today.
Schaller-Crestland (32-3) beat New London in three games.
“It’s so exciting,” Floerchinger said. “We had to stay positive and communicate, and we did.”
Even the fifth game was an uphill climb for the Cardinals. They trailed, 6-2, before closing with 13 of the final 15 points.
Sarah Klahn had 46 assists for Treynor.
Megan Monahan paced Southern Cal (25-11) with 14 kills.
Don Bosco 3, Le Mars Gehlen 0
The Dons got stonger as the match got longer.
Fifth-ranked Don Bosco settled in, took advantage of numerous Gehlen errors and rolled, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16.
“I figured the team that could cure the butterflies fastest would be the more successful team,” said Dons Coach Kerry Merrifield, who brought his team inside the arena 90 minutes before first serve.
The Dons (26-9) face No. 1 Tripoli in a semifinal at 7:15 tonight. They allowed No. 6 Gehlen (29-9) to rally from a 19-13 deficit in the first set to tie it, 20-20, then pulled away again.
A five-point run in Game 2 gave the Dons a 14-10 lead, and they cruised home from there.
Abby Breitbach had seven kills and 17 assists for the winners. Both teams collected 28 kills, but Gehlen commited 23 hitting errors, compared to 12 for Don Bosco.
Schaller-Crestland 3, New London 0
Roxanne Grundmeier collected 19 kills, Chelsea Clayton added 13, and the Wildcats won for their first time in seven trips to state, 25-23, 28-26, 25-16.
“We were here last year, so we had a lot less nerves and knew what to expect,” Clayton said.
Egypt Clayton distributed 30 assists.
Jessica Lerdal posted 11 kills for New London (30-10), which qualified for the fifth straight year.