HS Volleyball: West Delaware Makes Semifinals Of Westside Invitational

The West Delaware volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the Westside Volleyball Invitational at Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Saturday. One of the toughest tournaments in the state this year’s field featured 12 ranked teams from three different classes including three of the top five teams in class 3A. The Hawks who are ranked 2nd in class 3A went 3-0 in pool play and won their pool as they opened with a 2-0 sweep over Grundy Center setting up their second match with 3rd ranked in class 3A Mount Vernon. The Mustangs came out and won the first set 22-20 but the Hawks battled back and won the final two sets 21-19 and 15-11 before defeating 7th ranked in class 5A Cedar Rapids Kennedy in three sets qualifying them for the championship bracket. West Delaware head coach Brett Mather was pleased with the way his team battled back in pool play:

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In the championship bracket the Hawks started by taking down 8th ranked Dubuque Hempstead from class 5A in three sets 25-19, 15-25, and 15-6 forcing a semifinal rematch from the championship match at the Monticello tournament with 5th ranked out of class 5A Linn Mar a game West Delaware won in two sets, but on Saturday Linn Mar reversed the result from two weeks ago as they swept the Hawks 25-18 and 25-20 to advance to the championship where they were knocked off by Dike-New Hartford in three sets. Coach Mather says he saw some good things in the girls play that will be needed as they head into the post season:

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This week West Delaware will travel to DeWitt for WaMaC tournament pool play on Tuesday where they will play Maquoketa, South Tama, and Benton Community starting at 5:00 and can be heard right here on KMCH.

Westside Invitational Scores:

West Delaware 24-23, Grundy Center 22-21

West Delaware 20-21-15, Mount Vernon 22-19-11

West Delaware 15-21-16, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 21-14-14

West Delaware 25-15-15, Dubuque Hempstead 19-25-6

Linn Mar 25-25, West Delaware 18-20

Other Area Scores:

Independence 21-21, Nashua-Plainfield 14-7

Independence 21-21, Roland-Story 9-7

Independence 25-25, Iowa Falls-Alden 20-22

Charles City 25-25, Independence 22-17

Janesville 21-21, Independence 16-14

Ed-Co 21-18-15, AGWSR 17-21-4

Wapsie Valley 25-25, Ed-Co 13-17

Hudson 20-21-15, Ed-Co 22-15-10

Hudson 21-21, East Buchanan 16-10

AGWSR 20-21-15, East Buchanan 22-12-13

Wapsie Valley 25-25, Ed-Co 13-17

Johnston 21-22, Western Dubuque 13-20

Sumner-Fredericksburg 21-21, Western Dubuque 18-17