CEDAR RAPIDS – The wait turned out to be longer than the match for Janesville.
Originally scheduled to play at 6 p.m. in its Class 1A quarterfinal against Stanton at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, the Wildcats had to wait until after 8 p.m. to finally get started due to lengthy matches from earlier in the day.
All the wait did was seem to make the girls from Janesville even more hungry. They controlled the match from the start, rolling to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-17 win over the ViQueens.
Wildcats Coach Shelly Sorensen credited past state experience for her team’s ability to handle the long delay.
“It helps that we have been here the past two years,” she said. “We just tried to give them some guidelines and some focus. We also tried to watch when they ate and my guess is that they are starving right now.”
The lack of food certainly didn’t show on the court. Janesville (32-8) played a controlled match and had an answer each time Stanton made a run.
“This wasn’t an easy match,” she said. “Stanton played us tough all the way through. We had to work hard and run our offense because they really got up on us a lot at the net.”
Janesville rode the 1-2 combination of Emily Ruth and Anna Backstrom at the net to keep the ViQueens in check. Both were very efficient. Ruth had 13 kills in 20 attempts while Backstrom came through with 10 kills on 19 tries at the net.
“I thought we did a good job with consistency,” Sorensen said. “We didn’t make many mistakes and that is always important, especially in a state tournament match.”
Stanton, which closes at 34-3, was led by Carmen Subbert with 12 kills and Rachel Sorensen with 10 kills.
Janesville will play in the semifinals today at 7 p.m.