By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
In High School Volleyball regional final matches last night all three KMCH area coverage schools saw their seasons come to a close. The Class 3A West Delaware Hawks had a great start in their match against Osage in West Union winning set one 25-17 but they could not overcome the Green Devils consistent play and huge momentum swings the rest of the way falling 25-22 in games two and three then suffering a 25-23 set 4 loss. Twenty first-year Hawks head coach Brett Mather summarized the match:
The Hawks finish at 42-5, the state appearance streak is snapped at four as they were denied their 11th trip of all time. Coach Mather praised his 8 seniors who played their final match in the black and orange:
Elsewhere, the 3A 9th-ranked Beckman Blazers put together a spectacular comeback after being down 2-0 to 7th-rated Davenport Assumption but it wasn’t enough as the Knights prevailed 3-2 in Gooselake. The Knights took games one and two 25-19, 25-22 as the Blazers captured sets three and four 25-16 and 26-24 before being edged 15-13 in set five. Beckman ends their season with a 27-10 mark and says goodbye to 5 seniors.
Western Dubuque lost to Class 4A 2nd-ranked Dubuque Wahlert on the road 3-0. The Bobcats were downed 25-16, 25-21 and 25-19. WD ends their campaign with a 20-14 record and will lose 10 seniors.
Class 1A and 2A regional finals take the stage tonight. Our featured match will come from Dunkerton as the 31-8 Class 1A No. 15 Starmont Stars go up against 6th-ranked 16-18 Tripoli. For the Stars it’s only their second regional final ever looking for the program’s first state tournament. All the coverage live on KMCH and KMCH.com with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Julie Vaske starting around 6:50pm.