Cedar Falls Claims Class 5A Volleyball State Championship [Gallery]
A strong net presence help propel the Cedar Falls Tigers to the 2017 Iowa High School Volleyball State Championship.
Cedar Falls (43-2) never lost a set while in Cedar Rapids. The Tigers swept Urbandale to open the tournament on Tuesday, Then they eliminated Linn-Mar in quick fashion. On Championship Friday, the Tigers swept the West Des Moines Valley Tigers (41-8).
1st SET: The Cedar Falls Tigers started their championship quest tight, and WDM Valley capitalized and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Tigers settled into the game and climbed back into the game. Cedar Falls rallied for a six-point run and found themselves leading 12-7. Sideouts were swapped until Valley decided to call a time out with Cedar Falls up 14-10. Valley would keep even putting together a few two-point runs. They were able to creep back within in two, 20-18, forcing the Tigers to call timeout. Cedar Falls won the race to 25 winning 25-21.
2nd SET: Again the Tigers started the set tight. Miscommunication early allowed Valley to jump out to another 3-0 lead, but the Tigers would get back on track and eventual took over the match eventually leading 11-8. Cedar Falls’ attack kept Valley playing more defense than offense. The Tigers attack was overpowering thanks to the big boom of Claire Gerdes, Taylor Lunch, and Akacia Brown. Cedar Falls powered away from WDM Valley winning the second set 25-19.
3rd SET: There was no issues to start the third. Cedar Falls didn’t waste anytime starting the third set scoring the set’s first three points. The Tigers dominated the third frame leading by as much as 6 point. Now it was Valley’s turn to play tight. Cedar Falls never let Valley get to close to challenging for the lead and rode off to the win and a state championship.
Claire Gerdes led the powerful presence Cedar Falls enjoyed at the net tallying 10 kills. Akacia Brown added 9, and Grace Burken score 8. Abby Hendrickson had 11 digs, and Tayah Mahi scored 24 assists, and Mahi was named as captain to the Class 5A All-Tournament Team.
Cynthia Wolf and Taylor Lynch were also named to the All-Tournament Team.