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Posted November 10, 2010
West Delaware finishes with a flourish (VIDEO)
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Pella (38-6)202516 258
**Sioux City Heelan (46-9)25 2325 2315
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Red Oak (22-12)148  
**Mount Vernon (38-0)252525   
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Union (30-7)1122 29  
**Waverly-Shell Rock (49-1)25 2531  
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Williamsburg (25-10)14 1720  
**West Delaware (40-3) 25 2525  

Williamsburg's Katy Wichmann keeps the ball inbounds in a Class 3A quarterfinal against West Delaware at the state volleyball tournament Wednesday night at the U.S. Cellular Center. West Delaware won in three straight games. (Cliff Jette/Sourcemedia Group News)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Down three points late in Game 3, the West Delaware Hawks barely blinked.

“The scoreboard said we were behind, but I still felt we were in control,” said Hawks Coach Brett Mather.

The scoreboard soon caught on.

Third-ranked West Delaware concluded the match with a 9-1 run and swept No. 11 Williamsburg, 25-14, 25-17, 25-20, in a Class 3A quarterfinal at the state volleyball tournament Wednesday night at the U.S. Cellular Center.

“We had some ups and downs, but we battled through them,” said West Delaware all-stater Allison Pasker. “We dug deep and played our game.”

The reward is a semifinal showdown with No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock (49-1). The defending champions swept Union.

“What a phenomenal squad they are,” Mather said. “It’s certainly a big test, but it’s something we are up for the challenge for.”

Williamsburg (25-10) led the finale, 19-16, before the Hawks went to work.

Pasker had a kill and an ace in a four-point run that put West Delaware in front, 20-19. After Mackenzie Bigbee’s block tied it, the Hawks scored the final five points to put the Raiders away.

Rayne Cook collected a block and a kill on consecutive points that made it 24-20.

Down 14-11, Williamsburg scored eight of the next 10 points to take the lead. But the Hawks answered emphatically.

“They had a quick offense, and they were able to go on some runs,” Bigbee said. “It seemed there were some times that we’d get stuck. We’d hit a point, get stuck and we couldn’t get out of it.”

It happened in the first game, when the Hawks scored eight straight points to take a 17-7 lead.

And it happened in the second game, when the Hawks scored six in a row to trigger an 11-3 run that made it 20-12.

“They kept us on our toes,” Mather said. “But the girls did a nice job to maintain composure. They kept battling.

“Defensively, I wasn’t very happy. We didn’t dig up as much as I’d like. But some of that had to do with their offspeed stuff.”

Offensively, the Hawks were just fine. They out-killed the Raiders by a 45-24 margin and posted a salty .302 kill efficiency.

Pasker collected 17 kills. Cook and Jessica McDonald added eight apiece, and Jenna Hermsen registered 41 assists.

Bigbee counted 10 kills for Williamsburg.

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