CEDAR RAPIDS -- Dike-New Hartford put together another dominant state volleyball tournament performance, sweeping Council Bluffs St. Albert, 25-12, 25-15, 25-6, Thursday afternoon during the Class 2A semifinals.
The top-ranked Wolverines (49-3) advance to face a familiar high-stakes rival in No. 2 Western Christian for Class 2A's championship 4:45 p.m. Friday.
Dike-New Hartford, last year's 3A champion, will be attempting to win its sixth state title in the last seven years and owns 12 championships all-time. Western Christian, last year's 2A winner, is playing for its 16th state title.
"It is a great tribute to our girls to be able to come down here each year," Dike-New Hartford coach Diane Harms said, addressing her program's continued success. "They just work hard all year round.”
Against St. Albert, D-NH setter Madison Hedges evenly distributed the ball to a quartet of players with double-digit kill totals. Baylee Petersen, Amber Rickert and Morgan Weber each had 11 kills. Carlee Dove finished with 10.
"The seniors have been a ton of help," said Weber, a sophomore who missed last year's state tournament with an injury. "They help me know where to hit. Then l when I am not doing well, they cheer me back up. They just help me so very much."
Sydney Petersen led the Woverines' back row with 14 digs and Dike-New Hartford landed 49 kills on 81 swings for an impressive .531 hitting efficiency.
St. Albert was held to .080 hitting with Sydney McLaren's nine kills leading the way.
"We talk about what we want to take away and the girls do a good job of that," Harms said. "They have done a good job of adjusting to the different setters and the kinds of offense we have faced."