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Posted November 8, 2012
Western: A first-round ‘statement’

CEDAR RAPIDS — Victory was not enough. A sweep was inadequate.

“We wanted to make a statement,” Western Christian Coach Tammi Veerbeek said. “We wanted to show that we’re here to win a state championship.”

Yeah, this is one hungry Wolfpack.

Second-ranked Western needed a skimpy 52 minutes to dismantle No. 7 Treynor, 25-15, 25-13, 25-8 in a Class 2A quarterfinal at the state volleyball tournament Thursday afternoon at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

The Wolfpack (42-3) wasn’t about to coast. Not after losing in the state finals here last year to Dike-New Hartford, this year’s No. 1 team. A rematch is likely in Saturday’s final, and everybody knows it.

Veerbeek made the long trip from Hull to a tournament in Cedar Falls on an idle Saturday to scout the Wolverines. And her team’s teeth were sharp Thursday.

“The first game, we held them to 15 points. I told them in the hallway (between games) I wanted less than 15 in the second game,” Veerbeek said. “Then, after the second game, I told them, ‘Single digits (in the third).’ ”

Six-foot-6 middle hitter Haley Moss was destructive to the Cardinals (31-7), pounding 12 kills (against one error) in 15 attacks for an eye-popping .733 kill efficiency.

“We tried to put together some runs,” Moss said. “We wanted to push for points and side out right away.”

Brooke Wolterstorff, one of the state’s best all-around athletes, added 10 kills. Jade Schaap had eight.

Western held a modest 17-13 lead in the first set before closing with an 8-2 spree. It added a 10-point run in the second set to erase an early 2-0 deficit, then motored away from the start in Game 3.

The Wolfpack finished with 12 aces, five from Summer Jansen.

“We kind of served them off the court,” Veerbeek said.

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