By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The class 4A 3rd-ranked West Delaware Hawks Volleyball team improved their mark to 37-5 with a 3-1 win over 5th-rated Cedar Rapids Xavier last night in Dyersville. The Hawks punch their ticket to the state volleyball tournament for the eighth time in program history, all since 2003. The Hawks fell behind losing game 1; 25-21 but the rattled off three wins in a row; 25- 22, 19,23. Hawks Junior Emily Thole says her team was determined to turn thing around quickly after the rough first set:
Eighteenth head coach Brett Mather is very proud of his group of talented girls who have become the eighth team to reach the state tourney:
Other Hawks players describe on what it means to them to reach theirs goals in back-to-back seasons;
Senior Paige Soppe:
Sophomore Carlee Ketchum:
And Sophomore Addison Brooks:
The Hawks received the 3rd seed in the 4A bracket and will take on 6th seeded Davenport Assumption, a team they beat 2-1 back on Sept. 28th at the Monticello Invite, next Tuesday afternoon at 2pm in first round play at the newly renovated US Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids.
In other regional finals from last night:
Clss 3A No 10 Independence improved to 35-8 with a 3-1 win over CP-U in Vinton. The Mustangs continue their remarkable turnaround campaign as one of the most improved teams in the state as they reached the state tournament for the first time ever in program history. The Mustangs will open up state action next Tuesday evening against the number one seed, MOC Floyd Valley at 6pm.
Davenport Assumption 3 Marion 0
CLASS 5A –
At Davenport Central
Pleasant Valley 3 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 0
At Dubuque Senior
Dubuque Hempstead 3 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2