|Sioux City Heelan (46-10)||24||13||25||17|
|**Mount Vernon (40-0)||26||25||23||25|
|Waverly-Shell Rock (49-2)||17||25||22||25||11|
|**West Delaware (41-3)||25||23||25||22||15|
|Cedar Rapids Xavier (30-12)||19||19||25||18|
|**Iowa City West (36-7)||11||25||25||28|
|Cedar Rapids Kennedy (35-8)||25||20||17||26|
CEDAR RAPIDS — They played a low-down, rotten first game. Then they parted with it.
“We went out in the hallway and took a breath,” said Iowa City West’s Olivia Fairfield. “We had a moment of silence.”
Said Coach Kathy Bresnahan: “We had to bury it quick. May it rest in peace.”
Third-ranked West then regrouped and defeated No. 5 Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 11-25, 25-20, 25-17, 28-26, in a Class 4A semifinal at the state volleyball tournament Friday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Center.
The Women of Troy (36-7) get another shot at No. 1 Ankeny in the championship match at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Hawkettes (35-3) beat No. 6 Cedar Rapids Xavier in four games.
Ankeny defeated West for the 4A crown last year.
“We’re going to have to check our nerves at the door,” Bresnahan said. “We were nervous today, and the result was a butt-kicking in the first game.”
The Cougars (35-8), on the other hand, were loose and loud. Kennedy jumped to a 14-2 lead in the opening set.
“We were prepared and pumped to play them,” said Kennedy’s Allie Hutcheson.
Kennedy led the second game, 18-16, but the Women of Troy closed the set with a 9-2 run that turned the whole thing around. At 22-20, Fairfield notched consecutive kills, then Shelly Stumpff ended the game with another.
West controlled the third game had enjoyed a 23-20 lead in the fourth. But the Cougars didn’t go down easily.
They scored the next four points and had game point, but couldn’t take advantage. West had three match points, finally converting on the third.
“It was an exciting match, fun to play,” said Kennedy’s Katie Sickelka. “It’s too bad it didn’t go our way, but this is what you want at state, to play matches like this.
“We had a lot of momentum and a lot of energy early, but they came back and picked it up.”
Kennedy out-killed West, 52-31, but were burdened by 31 attack errors, compared to 20 by the victors.
Fairfield paced the Women of Troy with 12 kills. Alli O’Deen added 11, Lexi Potter 10. Caroline Found dished out 37 assists.
Hutcheson collected 18 kills for Kennedy, which advanced to the semifinals for the third straight year. Sickelka posted 11.
ANKENY 3, CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER 1
The top-ranked Hawkettes, winners of two straight big-school titles, moved to 25-0 this season against 4A competition, 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18.
“We didn’t block very well (in a quarterfinal win Wednesday),” said Erin Roggenburg. “We practiced hard (Thursday) and we showed what we could do.
“We knew this wasn’t going to be easy.”
Xavier, which ended its best season in school history at 30-12, played the Hawkettes close through the majority of the first two games before breaking through in the third.
“We just all decided that it wasn’t going to be our last game. We believed all along we could do it,” said Moleigh Ryther, who led the Saints with 11 kills.
Ankeny regrouped, though. A 7-1 run midway through the set gave the Hawkettes a 13-10 lead, and they pulled away late.
Ronnenburg finished with a match-high 17 kills. Maddie Manning added 13.
Ty Sampson and Kayla Waddell added nine apiece for the Saints.
This was Xavier’s third appearance at state, but easily the best team the school has fielded.
“Even though we made it to state last year, I think people still underestimated us,” said Saints Coach Barb Brunow. “We proved ourselves time and time again.”
She teared up.
“I’ll never forget this team.”
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