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Author: Sam Louwagie | November 13, 2013 | No comments

The Gazette's Jeremiah Davis and Jeff Linder talk about a few highlights from Day One of the state tournament, with player interviews and photos by Adam Wesley and Jim Slosiarek. 

Author: Jeremiah Davis | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Through one set, it looked like a fairytale ending was in play for Independence against the Class 3A No. 1 team, MOC-Floyd-Valley.But after 15 straight losing seasons, there would be no glass slipper for the Mustangs. After winning the first set, 25-23, ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Not so far from flawless. And absolutely fearless.For the second straight year, Mount Vernon picked off a No. 2-ranked team in the quarterfinal round of the state volleyball tournament. This time, it was more convincing for the eighth-ranked Mustangs, a 25-17, 25-16, ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Coming into the postseason, the Harlan volleyball team sat atop the Class 4A rankings and carried a young, talented squad into the state tournament.Cyclones Coach Angie Spangenberg is making her third trip with Harlan, and was tired of hearing about how the ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- There was no tongue-lashing. No epic adjustments.Just a simple message:"Pick it up."Then, the Solon Spartans were pickup artists.Second-ranked Solon swallowed a second-set hiccup before it became problematic, and handled No. 8 Indianola in a four-set victory (25-11, 21-25, 25-6, 25-18) in a ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Charles City had been there before.Down two sets to none, just a few points away from elimination.And like the Class 4A state championship game last year against Solon, the Comets rose up and completed the comeback on Tuesday against rival Waverly-Shell Rock, ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- It's not as if Bettendorf needed yet another weapon.The Bulldogs returned their top two players from last year's Class 5A state-championship team. But their best was yet to come.Devan Porter arrived to the Quad Cities in January, adding to an already super-stacked ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- It's difficult to come back from a two-set deficit.It might be harder to lose a two-set advantage, then pick up the pieces in Game 5."We're just resilient," said Davenport Assumption Coach Kyle Condon.The seventh-ranked Knights constructed a 10-point run in the fifth ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Back to its second straight state tournament, Urbandale faced a somewhat familiar foe in the opening round on Tuesday.No, the J-Hawks weren’t playing a CIML conference mate, rather the team that sent them home a year ago: Pleasant Valley.Unlike 2012, though, Urbandale ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- These Bulldogs are anything but underdogs.They're the defending champions. They have three Division-I commitments. They're ranked nationally."It's definitely a different mentality than last year," said Bettendorf Coach Diane Lichtenberg. "Last year, everything we did at state was a bonus."This year, a repeat ...

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