Class 1A

No. 11 Lawton-Bronson (32-7) vs. George-Little Rock (17-14)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m., Le Mars High School

BRIEFLY: Western Valley Conference champion Lawton-Bronson is in the regional finals the year after falling to Unity Christian in the Class 2A regional title match and like George-Little Rock, is aiming for its first state tournament berth. Setter Autumn Fluent (827 assists), a four-year starter, directs an attack paced by senior classmates Jadin Wagner and Jenna Wede, who have 324 and 288 kills, respectively, while libero Kylie Horsley (376 digs) is also a four-year starter. George-Little Rock went 3-6 this season in the challenging Siouxland Conference, but has won nine of its last 12 matches and ended Gehlen Catholic’s streak of seven Class 1A state tournament appearances with last Thursday’s 3-0 sweep, where Emily Hansmann (268 kills) slammed 14 kills while Mariah Leemkill (186 kills) added 11 and Kassidy Klaassen (109 kills) added 10.

No. 13 Siouxland Christian (28-9) vs. No. 7 Sidney (32-3)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m., Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln

BRIEFLY: A win Tuesday will enable Siouxland Christian to send a team to a state tournament event for the first time in school history. Coach Amy Wiseman’s squad, which tied for second place in the Western Valley Conference with Ridge View and Westwood, posted its first semifinal victory ever as Hannah Connelly (328 kills) slammed 16 kills against Ar-We-Va, her sixth consecutive match with double-digit kill totals. Brooke Campbell has 207 kills for the Eagles while her twin sister Taylor has 881 assists, an average of 9.47 per game. Libero Hannah Jesse has 312 digs. Last year’s Class 1A state runner-up, Sidney is led by sophomore Camryn McClintock (241 kills), a second-team 1A Iowa Girls Coaches Association all-state selection. Freshman Kelsey Hobbie has 221 kills for the Corner Conference champions, 20 which occurred in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Essex.

Class 2A

No. 6 Central Lyon (29-4) vs. Underwood (19-15)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m., East High School

BRIEFLY: Jamie Schar has a great thing going at Central Lyon, coaching the program to 127 wins in the last four years. The Lions are looking for their fourth straight state tournament berth, this time in Class 2A after 1A competition the three previous seasons. Runner-up to No. 6 (3A) Sioux Center in the challenging Siouxland Conference, Central Lyon is led by returning 1A second-team all-stater Hope Rasmussen (226 kills), who delivered 12 kills in Thursday night’s four-game semifinal win over Hinton. Bekka Roskam (151 kills) had a team-high 15 kills in the victory while Ashley Boer (185 kills) added 11. Setter Carly Snyder has 618 assists for the Lions, who had to rally from a 2-0 game deficit in the quarterfinals against conference rival West Lyon. Underwood is led by Emma Bonnet (311 kills), who had 19 kills in Thursday’s 3-0 sweep over Missouri Valley.

No. 2 Unity Christian (33-4) vs. No. 14 South Hamilton (24-5)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m., Manson

BRIEFLY: Coach Patty Timmerman’s Knights are on a roll with nine consecutive victories, including a 2-1 win over Western Christian at the Bishop Heelan Volleyball Classic on Oct. 15. Returning third-team Class 2A all-state setter Alli Timmermans, verbally committed to continuing her volleyball career at NCAA Division II Wayne State, has 807 assists and 148 kills for the War Eagle Conference champions. Josie Blankespoor and Corrina Timmermans have 370 and 311 kills, respectively, while Jori Bronner has 189. Blankespoor delivered 20 kills in Thursday’s 3-0 sweep over Ridge View. Unity Christian is 8-4 this season against state-ranked opponents. Third-place finishers in the Heart of Iowa Athletic Conference, South Hamilton is led by Ady Wintermote, who ranks sixth in Class 2A with 407 kills, nine which came in Thursday night’s 3-0 sweep over Panorama.

No. 1 Western Christian (37-6) vs. Central Springs (32-6)

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m., Emmetsburg

BRIEFLY: Coach Tammi Veerbeek’s defending Class 2A state champions are battle-tested, facing a schedule of challenges, including tournament competition at Bellevue East, Urbandale, Sioux Falls, Sioux Center (Sioux County), Bishop Heelan and its own tournament. The Lakes Conference champions have gone on a 34-3 tear since going 3-3 at Bellevue East. Two-time returning second-team Class 2A all-stater Karsyn Winterfeld (345 kills) is one of four squad members with over 200 kills. Erika Feenstra has 245 kills and 108 blocks while Ashtyn Veerbeek has 227 kills and 90 blocks. Emily Van Ginkel has 201 kills, nine which came in Thursday’s 3-0 sweep over Boyden-Hull. Setters Olivia Granstra and Makenna Kooi have 530 and 437 assists, respectively. Hannah Wagner has 392 kills and Maria Franke 204 for Central Springs, which have split their last 10 matches.

-- Compiled by Jerry Giese


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