By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The 2016 State Volleyball tournament started up with Class 5A and 4A play inside the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
In 5A- Cedar Falls, Ankeny, Ankeny Centennial and West Des Moines Valley all earned victories and advanced to the semifinals on Thursday morning.
In 4A- Pella, Sioux City Bishop Heelan, Dubuque Wahlert and Cedar Rapids Xavier claimed quarterfinal wins and will play Thursday afternoon.
Today Class 3A, 2A and 1A quarterfinals take the stage. This evening Class 1A 15th-ranked 32-8 Starmont will make their state tourney debut as they go up against top-rated and defending state champion Janesville who is also 32-8. The match is slated for a 6pm first serve. All the coverage live on KMCH and KMCH.com around 5:45pm with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Julie Vaske.