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Posted October 6, 2012
Iowa’s best? DNH stakes its claim

Kennedy's Brinley Milbrath and Jordan Calef (from left) celebrate after a score during their game against Tripoli at the Westside Volleyball Invitational at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids on Saturday October 6, 2012. Tripoli defeated Kennedy 25-19 and 25-21. (Stephen Mally/Freelance)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Frightening thought: There’s still room for this team to grow. And plenty of time to do it.

Already a special squad, the Dike-New Hartford Wolverines could become extraordinary.

“They could really do some great things,” Coach Diane Harms said after the Class 2A top-rated Wolverines breezed through the Westside Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday afternoon at Jefferson High School.

Dike-New Hartford improved to 38-0, and extended its winning streak to 48 matches. The Wolverines upset Western Christian for the 2A title last year, and certainly can make a legitimate claim as the best team in Iowa this season.

And, really, they’re only just getting started.

UNI recruits Rachel Koop and Briana Weber are sophomores, as are starters Elizabeth Blough and Brooke Morgan. There are no seniors in the starting lineup.

“We’ve been playing together since we were 10 or 11 years old,” Weber said. “We mix very well.”

So what do you say? Best in Iowa, period?

“I don’t know,” Weber said. “You don’t know until you put yourself in a position to prove it.”

A piece of evidence in the Wolverines’ favor: They have beaten 5A top-ranked Ankeny twice this season.

DNH defeated West Delaware and four-time defending 1A state champion Tripoli by identical scores — 25-13, 25-23 — in the semfinal and final rounds of the Gold Bracket.

West Delaware’s Leslie Hoffmann goes up for a spike during their game against Dike-New Hartford at the Westside Volleyball Invitational at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids on Saturday October 6, 2012. Dike-New Hartford defeated West Delaware 25-13 and 25-23. (Stephen Mally/Freelance)

 West Delaware (25-9) was the last area team standing. The Hawks swept through their pool, then handled Cedar Rapids Xavier, 25-18, 25-15, in the quarterfinals before running into the Wolverines.

The Hawks managed a 23-23 tie in the second set before a kill by Koop and a hitting error gave DNH the match.

“I hate losing, but it’s what you make of losses … I want us to use them as motivation to keep pushing ourselves to get better,” said Hawks Coach Brett Mather, who has a young team of his own.

“I haven’t seen the whole state, but I struggle to believe there’s anybody better than (Dike-New Hartford).”

Weber led the Wolverines with 14 kills against Tripoli (29-5). Koop collected 29 assists.

Xavier (20-9) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (16-11) were pool champions and qualified for the top bracket. Both were eliminated in straight-set quarterfinals.

WESTSIDE INVITATIONAL

At C.R. Jefferson & C.R. Washington

Pool A — 1. Dike-New Hartford 3-0, 2. Iowa City West 2-1, 3. Waterloo Columbus 1-2, 4. C.R. Jefferson 0-3.

Iowa City West def. Waterloo Columbus, 21-17, 18-21, 17-15

Dike-New Hartford def. C.R. Jefferson, 21-9, 21-12

Iowa City West def. C.R. Jefferson, 21-13, 21-9

Dike-New Hartford def. Waterloo Columbus, 21-10, 21-19

Waterloo Columbus def. C.R. Jefferson, 21-14, 21-11

Dike-New Hartford def. Iowa City West, 21-10, 21-13

Pool B — 1. Dubuque Hempstead 3-0, 2. West Des Moines Dowling 2-1, 3. Marion 1-2, 4. North Cedar 0-3.

West Des Moines Dowling def. Marion, 21-16, 21-10

Dubuque Hempstead def. North Cedar, 21-12, 21-13

West Des Moines Dowling def. North Cedar, 21-14, 21-15

Dubuque Hempstead def. Marion, 21-15, 21-9

Marion def. North Cedar, 21-11, 21-17

Dubuque Hempstead def. West Des Moines Dowling, 18-21, 21-16, 15-12

Pool C — 1. Tripoli 3-0, 2. Mount Vernon 1-2, 3. Des Moines Roosevelt 1-2, 4. C.R. Washington 1-2.

C.R. Washington def. Mount Vernon, 27-29, 21-17, 15-9

Tripoli def. D.M. Roosevelt, 21-16, 19-21, 15-8

Mount Vernon def. D.M. Roosevelt, 21-10, 21-11

Tripoli def. C.R. Washington, 21-13, 22-20

D.M. Roosevelt def. C.R. Washington, 21-18, 21-16

Tripoli def. Mount Vernon, 21-16, 21-15

Pool D — 1. C.R. Xavier 3-0, 2. West Liberty 2-1, 3. Waterloo West 1-2, 4. Williamsburg 0-3.

C.R. Xavier def. Waterloo West, 21-15, 20-22, 15-13

West Liberty def. Williamsburg, 19-21, 21-7, 15-8

C.R. Xavier def. Williamsburg, 21-15, 21-10

West Liberty def. Waterloo West, 21-15, 26-24

Waterloo West def. Williamsburg, 18-21, 21-10, 17-15

C.R. Xavier def. West Liberty, 21-18, 21-16

Pool E — 1. West Delaware 3-0, 2. Linn-Mar 2-1, 3. Indianola 1-2, 4. Dubuque Wahlert 0-3.

Linn-Mar def. Dubuque Wahlert, 21-16, 21-12

West Delaware def. Indianola, 21-19, 21-13

Indianola def. Dubuque Wahlert, 23-21, 21-16

West Delaware def. Linn-Mar, 21-14, 21-10

Linn-Mar def. Indianola, 21-17, 21-19

West Delaware def. Dubuque Wahlert, 21-19, 21-18

Pool F – 1. C.R. Kennedy 2-1, 2. Maquoketa 2-1, 3. Urbandale 2-1, 4. Aplington-Parkersburg 0-3.

Maquoketa def. Aplington-Parkersburg, 21-10, 21-12

Urbandale def. C.R. Kennedy, 15-21, 21-17, 15-13

C.R. Kennedy def. Maquoketa, 21-16, 21-19

Urbandale def. Aplington-Parkersburg, 21-12, 22-20

C.R. Kennedy def. Aplington-Parkersburg, 21-17, 21-8

Maquoketa def. Urbandale, 24-22, 21-13

Bronze Bracket Quarterfinals

Indianola def. C.R. Jefferson, 21-18, 18-21, 15-11

Dubuque Wahlert def. Williamsburg, 27-25, 19-21, 21-19

Marion def. Aplington-Parkersburg, 21-19, 21-18

C.R. Washington def. North Cedar, 21-9, 21-17

Bronze Bracket Semifinals

Dubuque Wahlert def. Indianola, 17-21, 21-13, 15-10

C.R. Washington def. Marion, 21-13, 22-20

Bronze Bracket Final

C.R. Washington def. Dubuque Wahlert, 21-7, 22-20

Silver Bracket Quarterfinals

Linn-Mar def. Waterloo West, 21-16, 21-16

Urbandale def. Mount Vernon, 21-12, 10-21, 15-13

West Liberty def. Des Moines Roosevelt, 15-21, 23-21, 15-10

Waterloo Columbus def. Iowa City West, 6-21, 21-16, 15-12

Silver Bracket Semifinals

Linn-Mar def. Urbandale, 15-21, 21-16, 16-14

Waterloo Columbus def. West Liberty, 15-21, 23-21, 15-10

Silver Bracket Final

Waterloo Columbus def. Linn-Mar, 21-8, 18-21, 15-12

Gold Bracket Quarterfinals

Dike-New Hartford def. Maquoketa, 25-19, 25-20

West Delaware def. C.R. Xavier, 25-18, 25-15

West Des Moines Dowling def. Dubuque Hempstead, 25-14, 25-19

Tripoli def. C.R. Kennedy, 25-19, 25-21

Gold Bracket Semifinals

Dike-New Hartford def. West Delaware, 25-13, 25-23

Tripoli def. West Des Moines Dowling, 25-16, 18-25, 15-9

Gold Bracket Final

Dike-New Hartford def. Tripoli, 25-13, 25-23

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