North Scott handles business in the Quarterfinals of Class 4A State Volleyball

Lancers defeated Bondurant-Farrar in 3 sets

North Scott handles business in the Quarterfinals of Class 4A State Volleyball

Bondurant-Farrar’s Anna Dodson (8) raises her hands to save the goal from North Scott’s Abbey Hayes (1) in the first set of play during the State Volleyball Class 4A Quarterfinals at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa Monday, May 1 October 31, 2022. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)

CORALVILLE – There are usually no easy wins in the state volleyball tournament.

And it’s probably not true to say that North Scott’s Class 4A quarterfinal win on Monday afternoon at Xtream Arena was easy. It’s just that the second-place Lancers looked so damn good in a three-set sweep from No. 11 Bondurant-Farrar: 25-15, 25-21 and 25-10.

“I thought it was one of our best games this season,” said North Scott’s second-rounder Abbey Hayes. “It’s the end of the season and we know that if we lose it’s over. Our goal from the start was to become state champion. That was just in the back of our minds the whole time. It’s here now, so I feel like we’re all just clicking right now.”

Despite her youth, Hayes is one of the better players in the 4A field. She had a team high of 11 kills.

But it was a complete team effort. A telling statistic in that match was North Scott’s 16 aces: three each from Hayes and Nora Ralfs, two each from Sydney Skarich and Ella Kuesel, one from Georgia Brunkan, and five from Emma Schermerhorn.

“Since our regional final victory last week we have been working in practice. We were ready to come out here and play like we did today,” said Schermerhorn. “We didn’t play super clean volleyball in the first two sets. They kind of stayed close to us. We really took care of business in the last set.”

“I think when we play the way we can, it’s definitely very hard to beat us,” said North Scott coach Taryn VanEarwage. “That’s something we put in their heads: ‘You have to go out there with confidence and believe that you’re meant to be here.’ And I feel like everyone did that today.”

North Scott (33-5) played a 5A-heavy schedule at the Mississippi Athletic Conference. 5A semifinalists Pleasant Valley had five games to play in early October.

The Lancers play their 4A semifinals Wednesday afternoon against No. 8 Clear Creek Amana (33-10). Bondurant-Farrar finished his season 24-11.

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