State volleyball championship capsules

Class 5A

Waukee Northwest 3, Ankeny Centennial 2

CORALVILLE — Waukee Northwest wasted no time asserting itself in volleyball.

In just its third year in existence, Northwest reached the state tournament for the second time and came away with the Class 5A championship, beating top-ranked West Des Moines Dowling in a highly competitive five-set match.

The Maroons rallied after losing the first two sets to win the next two before Waukee Northwest finished it off in the fifth set. The Wolves won it 25-22, 25-15, 17-25, 19-25, 15-12.

Waukee Northwest took control in the final set by running off four straight points for a 12-6 lead. The Maroons got it down to 14-12 before all-tournament captain Katrina Pelds slammed home a kill for the final point.

Chloe Jones led the Wolves with 13 kills, while Pelds had 11 kills and 18 digs. Avery Vogt led the winners with 23 assists and Katey Locklear had 21.

Mackenzie Dean’s 13 kills led Dowling, which reached the state tournament for the 12th straight year. Siri Beecher, Kate Nelson and Ellie Muller each had 11 while, Ella Rogers racked up 48 assists and Annalise Grant had 29 digs.

Class 4A

North Scott 3, Indianola 0

CORALVILLE — With 6-foot-3 Abby Hayes dominating at the net, North Scott powered its way to a state championship.

North Scott swept Indianola in straight sets to claim the Class 4A title, winning 25-17, 25-16, 25-12. It’s the second state championship for the Lancers, who won the 2A crown in the 1985 two-class tournament.

The fourth-ranked Lancers definitely earned this one. They ended top-ranked Clear Creek-Amana’s unbeaten season with a sweep in the semifinals, then were even more impressive in downing second-ranked Indianola.

North Scott (29-4) pulled away in the first set after trailing 8-5 early, then took control in the second set by reeling off eight straight points to break a tie at 14. They jumped to an 8-1 lead in set three and were never threatened the rest of the way.

Hayes, a junior, who has committed to Creighton, bagged 17 kills, eight digs and two solo blocks and was named captain of the all-tournament team. All-tournament pick Kaci Johnson added seven kills, 14 assists and 11 digs, while Emma Schermerhorn had 16 assists and nine digs.

Camryn Overton led Indianola (37-5) with eight kills. Aspen Nelson had seven kills and 13 digs, while Tory Runyan contributed 24 assists.

Class 3A

Western Christian 3, Mount Vernon 1

CORALVILLE — Another state tournament, another championship for Western Christian.

Western Christian got solid production from its hitters and played excellent defense in beating top-ranked Mount Vernon 3-1 to win the Class 3A title. The Western scores were 25-23, 22-25, 25-22 and 25-18.

It’s the 19th state championship for Western and the 14th for coach Tammi Verbeek, who is the state leader in that category. This was the Wolfpack’s 24th consecutive appearance at state – a record – and they reached at least the semifinals every year during that run.

Shayna Van Dyken led the Wolfpack attack with 20 kills and found plenty of support along the front line. Scarlett Winterfeld and Keana Wynja each logged 13 kills and Bentley Bilek added seven to go with 19 digs.

The Wolfpack (32-13) frustrated the Mount Vernon hitters throughout the match with their blocking and ability to cover the court. They came up with 92 digs in the four games, libero Haley Wielenga leading the way with 37. She made the all-tournament team, along with Van Dyken and Wynja.

Mount Vernon’s Chloe Meester pounded out 25 kills, had 24 digs and was named captain of the all-tournament team. A junior who has committed to Louisville, she finished the tournament with impressive totals of 69 kills and 56 digs.

Paige Schurbon added 10 kills for the Mustangs (35-5), who were seeking their fifth title, and Sydney Huber had 43 assists. It was a young team, with only one senior starter.

Class 2A

Dike-New Hartford 3, Hinton 0

CORALVILLE — An impressive four-year run for the Petersen twins of Dike-New Hartford ended with yet another state championship.

The Wolverines claimed their third Class 2A title in four years with a straight set sweep of Hinton – 25-14, 25-23, 25-16 — to cap an unbeaten season that was one set shy of ultimate perfection. Dike-New Hartford finished 50-0 and lost only one set – to Class 5A finalist West Des Moines Dowling.

As she has done so many times during her career, Payton Petersen led with 20 kills and was voted captain of the all-tournament team for the third time. Twin sister Jaydn added nine kills and Maryn Bixby, an outstanding No. 3 option in the attack, totaled 13. Jaydn and Bixby also made the all-tournament team.

Hinton countered with its own rising star in sophomore Bailey Boeve, who logged 22 kills, many on sets from Karlyn Kovarna, who finished with 32 assists. But the Blackhawks couldn’t hold off the Wolverines’ three-headed attack and finished 32-2. Their only other loss was to 4A Bishop Heelan.

The Petersens are the daughters of Northern Iowa coach Bobbi Petersen, who starred at Dike before the consolidation. Jadyn will play for their mother next year. Payton is headed to Louisville. In their final moment on the court together, Payton slammed home a kill to finish the match and nail down the championship.

This was the 16th title for the Dike/Dike-New Hartford combination and the ninth for coach Diane Harms.

Class 1A

Ankeny Christian 3, Holy Trinity 0

CORALVILLE — With all-tournament captain Katie Quick setting them up, Ankeny Christian’s hitters got plenty of opportunities.

They capitalized and carried the Eagles to their second straight Class 1A championship.

Ankeny Christian rolled past Holy Trinity in three sets in a final that was far less dramatic than last year, when the Eagles pulled it out after losing the first two games. The scores this time were 25-21, 25-18, 25-17.

Quick, a junior who has committed to play collegiately at Drake, turned in another fine all-around performance, logging 35 assists, 11 digs and seven kills. She finished the tournament with 116 assists, including 44 in a first-round victory over Newell-Fonda.

Macey Nehring led the attack with 16 kills, Carley Craighead had 13 and Anna Weathers nine. Riese Gjerde helped out with 22 digs as the Eagles finished 39-3. Two losses were to Grundy Center and the other was to Denver. Both were 2A state tournament teams.

Nehring and Craighead also made the all-tournament team, as did Holy Trinity’s Mary Kate Bendlage and Teagan Snaadt. Bendlage led the Crusaders (33-11) with 11 kills and 11 digs. Natalie Randolph and Presley Myers each had six kills and Snaadt had 18 digs.

Ankeny Christian essentially wrapped up the title by running off eight straight points, including four service aces by Weathers, to open a 22-11 lead in the third set. Holy Trinity never recovered.


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