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REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW

Monday, October 24, 2011

Class 3A Region 1

Quarterfinals -- Monday, 7 p.m.

Le Mars (21-14) at No. 5 Bishop Heelan (39-11)

The Lady Bulldogs head to "The Pit" where they will face a Crusaders squad that has more kills this season than any other team in the entire state of Iowa.

Natalie Vondrak leads the team with 4.01 kills per set and a .311 attack efficiency. Megan McCarthy adds 2.71 kills per set for the Crusaders.

Madeline Hanno lofts nearly nine assists per set.

Allie Sweeney leads the net defense for Heelan with 107 blocks on the year. Vondrak has 95.

The Crusaders hit at a .260 clip and have 1,370 kills on the year. They have drilled 92 percent of their serve attempts and average two aces per set.

Erin Kommes powers the Le Mars offensive attack with 2.31 kills per set.

The Lady Bulldogs switched to a 5-1 offense after starting the year with two setters and rely on Emily Pick to set up the attack. Pick averages 4.23 assists per set.

Carolyn Ahlers (95.1 percent) and Emily Ellefson (94.9 percent) are the top servers for the Lady Bulldogs while Pick leads the team in ace serves with 53.

Le Mars lost its only matchup with Bishop Heelan by a 2-0 margin at the Crusaders' tournament on October 15.


Class 2A Region 1

Quarterfinals -- Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Lawton-Bronson (21-10) at Hinton (23-10)

Hinton will host a Lawton-Bronson team with a very similar record in Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup. The winner will likely meet Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian in Friday's regional semifinal.

The Eagles average 8.55 kills per set and are led by Leah Miller (2.84 kills per game) and Josie Kapal (2.19 kills per game). Karlie Wordekemper sets up the offense and she averages 7.16 assists per set.

Miller has 90 total blocks on the season.

Hinton has a balanced offensive attack that is led by Kasey Reuter, a 6-1 sophomore who hammers 2.63 kills per set. Junior Sadie Shuck has 2.07 kills a game while Lauren Hedlund adds 1.64 kills per set. Ashley Eaton averages 6.27 assists per set for the Blackhawks.

Hinton hits at a .225 clip and averages 8.42 kills per set. The Blackhawks have 261 aces on the year.


Class 1A Region 1

Quarterfinals -- Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Remsen-Union (17-6) at No. 4 Boyden-Hull (24-3)

The Lady Rockets of Remsen-Union have had a strong season in the top-heavy War Eagle Conference where they finished fourth.

While they have played many strong matches this fall, the Lady Rockets may have to play their best this Thursday in their Class 1A regional quarterfinal against Boyden-Hull.

Boyden-Hull was one of the best teams in the Siouxland Conference this fall.

The Comets are led by Whitney Vander Maten, who leads the team with 199 kills, 127 digs and 74 service aces.

Allison Te Slaa had 54 blocks and teammate Abbie Kreun has added 53 blocks.

The Lady Rockets are not a slouch either. They started the year off strong with a 6-0 record and even held a 9-1 record.

R-U is led by three players who were named to the All-WEC team: Brittany Sudtelgte, first team; Allison Schreiner, second team; and Brittany Weikel, honorable mention.


Class 1A Region 2

Quarterfinals -- Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Akron-Westfield (10-12) at No. 2 Gehlen Catholic (29-1)

The second-ranked Lady Jays have two wins over the Lady Westerners, including a War Eagle Conference sweep.

Akron-Westfield enters Tuesday's match averaging 5.74 kills per set.

Kaitlyn Blinde is the top hitter for A-W as she averages 1.68 kills per set. Emily Miller has 1.3 kills per game and Dana Hedlund sets up the offensive attack with 4.38 assists per game.

Monica Harvey is reliable in the back row with 3.2 digs per game.

Gehlen Catholic serves at a 91.9 percent clip and the Lady Jays average 10.26 kills per set.

Junior Katelin Langel is the team's top hitter, although Mike Meyer's Lady Jays have a very balanced offense. Langel has 172 kills on the year for a 2.49 kill-per-game average.

Senior Steph Rohe has 153 kills while classmate Kenzie Kellen has 125 on the year.

Setter Amber Timmins (7.91 assists per game) is dangerous at the net as she has 82 kills on the season.

Gehlen also relies on Mollie Nemmers (69 kills) and Alison Schnepf (69 kills) for offensive fire power while Lauren Sitzmann and Megan Heissel bring depth from the bench.

Gehlen is impressive from the service line where Rohe leads the team. She has missed just 14 serves on the year out of 368 attempts for a 95.7 percentage.

Timmins leads the team in aces with 66 on the year while Rohe has 47 and Kellen has 38.

Kingsley-Pierson (10-14) at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (11-12)

Kingsley-Pierson is starting to get hot and at the right time.

The Lady Panthers have won three of their last five matches and K-P coach Tiffany Wurth believes the team has gotten a lot better from the start of the season.

The Lady Panthers are led by their five top seniors. DeAndra Mahrt leads with 172 kills, Abbie Edgar has served 23 aces, Jacque Hoppe has set up 254 assists, Rachel Bird has blocked 124 attacks and Keeley Collins has 115 blocks and 25 aces.

MMC was seventh in the War Eagle Conference. The Eagles are led by star senior Erica Dreckman. The first-team All-WEC performer has 174 kills and 93 blocks (52 solo) this fall.



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