CEDAR RAPIDS — For 2 1/2 sets, it was anybody’s match.
Then, it was strictly a Dutch display of dominance.
Third-ranked MOC-Floyd Valley closed the third set with a 17-1 explosion, and went on to defeat No. 9 Red Oak, 25-19, 23-25, 25-12, 25-9, in a Class 3A quarterfinal at the state volleyball tournament Thursday afternoon at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
“We try to be a team that serves really tough,” said Dutch Coach Jon Mouw. “Sometimes when that happens, you can go on a run. Usually it’s not that long of a run.”
With the Dutch (31-8) trailing the third game, 11-8, Katie Landhuis went on a serving spree, and they didn’t let Red Oak (27-7) up for air.
MOC-Floyd Valley will face No. 10 Mount Vernon in a semifinal at 3:30 Friday afternoon. The Mustangs (28-10) upended No. 2 Davenport Assumption in four games Thursday.
The Dutch have one of the state’s best athletes in Alexis Conaway, a junior who has committed to play at Iowa State. She just as easily could have chosen a Division-I offer in basketball.
“I grew up playing both, and I love them both,” Conaway said. “I decided on volleyball, though.”
Conaway finished with 15 kills, and Emily McDonald added 13. Landhuis served six aces.
Angela Maloney had seven kills for Red Oak.