CEDAR RAPIDS — Mikaela Foecke is a hitter, the most prolific in the state.
The wants to be known as more.
“We want to be state champions at the end of the day,” Foecke said after second-ranked Fort Madison Holy Trinity swept No. 8 Bellevue Marquette, 25-22, 25-12, 25-16, in a Class 1A quarterfinal at the state volleyball tournament Thursday night at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
A 6-foot-3 sophomore, Foecke slammed 18 kills to raise her season total to 601, putting her one kill clear of Denver’s Taylor Buhrow for the state lead.
“She had a great match,” Holy Trinity Coach Melissa Freesmeier said. “But we had a lot of kids that stepped up tonight.”
The Crusaders (44-4) get their shot at four-time defending state champion Tripoli in a semifinal match at 7 p.m. Friday. Third-ranked Tripoli (36-5) swept LeMars Gehlen on Thursday.
It took a while for Holy Trinity to find its stride. Marquette (29-6) played the Crusaders to a 22-22 standoff in the first set before Holy Trinity made the plays at the end.
A kill by Rachel Kempker put the Crusaders in front, a ball-handling error created set point, then Foecke put it away with a kill.
It got easier from there. Holy Trinity rolled in the second game, then strung together five points to erase a 12-11 deficit in Game 3.
Holy Trinity was remarkably efficient, racking up 38 kills against just six errors in a .405 performance. Foecke had just one lone error and hit .630.
Kempker and Jordan Freesmeier added six kill apiece, and Emily Tinguely passed out 32 assists.
Danielle Bender led Marquette with eight kills.