This field looks familiar.
Six of the eight qualifiers are back from last year, including defending champion Ankeny and 2009 runner-up Iowa City West.
Ankeny is rated No. 1 and seeking its third consecutive championship. The Hawkettes return four starters back from last year’s title team and are 23-0 against 4A competition this season.
West has endured a number of injuries, most notably the offseason ACL tear of all-stater Alli O’Deen, and the third-rated Women of Troy have played only 10 matches as a full team. O’Deen is back now, and West has caught fire.
Two regional-final upsets rocked the bracket — No. 6 Cedar Rapids Xavier took down No. 2 Iowa City High, and unranked Linn-Mar shocked No. 4 Bettendorf.
Xavier, Linn-Mar and No. 5 Cedar Rapids Kennedy give the Metro a trio of hopefuls. A semifinalist the last two years, Kennedy returns with a largely new cast of characters.
At 29-11, Xavier is enjoying its best season in school history and has a very opportunity to get past the first round for the first time. And Linn-Mar righted its ship in time for the postseason after losing eight of its last nine regular-season matches.
We’re picking three No. 1 teams to win state championships this weekends. This is the exception.
Ankeny over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln in 3
Cedar Rapids Xavier over Waukee in 4
Iowa City West over Linn-Mar in 3
Cedar Rapids Kennedy over Urbandale in 4
Ankeny over Cedar Rapids Xavier in 3
Iowa City West over Cedar Rapids Kennedy in 4
Iowa City West over Ankeny in 5