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Posted October 30, 2012
1A-2A volleyball regional finals

Wednesday’s area regional final volleyball matches for Class 2A and 1A:

EDGEWOOD-COLESBURG vs. SUMNER-FREDERICKSBURG (Class 2A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., at Arlington

Records and rankings: Ed-Co is 31-5; No. 12 Sumner-Fredericksburg is 23-6.

Notable: Both teams have swept their way to this point, and both are looking for the first state-tournament in school history (though Sumner was a three-time qualifier in the 1990s). Ed-Co has won 15 straight matches and 22 of its last 23. Included in that run is a Tri-Rivers Conference tournament championship. Kelcee Amling leads the Vikings with 3.25 kills per game. The top two hitters for Upper Iowa Conference champion Sumner-Fredericksburg are Kally Frisch (3.63 kills per game) and Jessica Eekhoff (2.46). 

Kelley Trimble of West Branch hits the ball in a regional win over Iowa Valley. The Bears pursue their first trip to the state volleyball tournament when they face Durant in a Class 2A regional final Wednesday at Iowa City Regina. (Cliff Jette, The Gazette/KCRG)

WEST BRANCH vs. DURANT (Class 2A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., at Iowa City Regina

Records and rankings: Fourth-ranked West Branch is 35-4; Durant is 21-11.

Notable: If the Bears can duplicate their win over Cedar Valley Conference rival Durant from Sept. 27, they’ll be in the state tournament for the first time in school history. The Bears were CVC regular-season champions while Durant finished third. Five West Branch attackers average at least 1.5 kills per set, led by Heather Poula (3.31) and Madison Russell (2.73). Durant has qualified four times, including a three-year run from 2005 to 2007. Sidney Lilienthal is the top hitter, averaging 2.82 kills per game.

LISBON vs. TRIPOLI (Class 1A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., at Manchester

Records and rankings: Lisbon is 24-11; No. 3 Tripoli is 34-5.

Notable: Lisbon has reached the regional finals for the second time in three years, but the Lions now face the school synonymous with small-school success. Tripoli has won 10 of the last 13 Class 1A championships, and has reloaded nicely after the graduation of Megan Gilbert. Senior Bailey Kirchhoff paces the Panthers at 3.74 kills per game and a .352 kill efficiency. Lisbon has a balanced squad with five hitters above a kill per game, led by sophomore Danielle Heiken (2.24 kills per game). Mckenna Kilburg is a handy libero, averaging 4.51 digs per set.

BELLE PLAINE vs. BELLEVUE MARQUETTE (Class 1A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., at Marion

Records and rankings: Belle Plaine is 22-8; No. 8 Marquette is 28-5.

Notable: Both of these programs have made a lone state appearance (Belle Plaine in 1995, Marquette in 2004). Marquette is the final Big East Conference champion (the league will merge with the Tri-Rivers next fall) and has won 12 of its last 14 matches — the two losses came against 5A Linn-Mar and 4A Maquoketa. Six Mohawks average at least 1.3 kills per game, led by Danielle Bender (2.56). Belle Plaine tied for third in the South Iowa Cedar League and is coming off an impressive four-set win over Iowa Mennonite. The Plainsmen’s offense revolves around Kameo Pope (3.87 kills per set, .457 kill efficiency).

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