Memorable Seasons End for Springville, Regina at State Volleyball Tournament

By Jeff Linder and Josh Christensen, Reporters

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Springville’s magical postseason met an abrupt end Wednesday night.

Second-ranked Janesville was simply superior, running past the No. 11 Orioles in 44 minutes, 25-15, 25-9, 25-6, in a Class 1A quarterfinal at the state volleyball tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center.

“This is why we play the tough competition in the weekend tournaments,” said Janesville Coach Shelly Sorensen. “We talked at the beginning of the season about keeping focus through matches, and we did that today.”

The Wildcats (36-4) took Springville out of its game immediately, and never allowed the Orioles (30-11) to gain any sort of comfort or confidence.

“They were really good,” said Orioles Coach Claude Howard. “They were able to place balls when they were attacking. They could see around our block.

“They hit it hard on us.”

Janesville advances to face No. 4 Central Lyon (28-6) in a quarterfinal match at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Lions ended Tripoli’s five-year title run in four sets Wednesday.

It was evident from the start that these teams were on two different levels. And Janesville stayed at its high level all match long.

“We were actually kind of worried,” said Janesville’s Kendyl Sorge. “We’re ranked so high, we don’t want to get big heads. We came in here hungry, like we were the eighth-best team (in the 1A bracket).”

Janesville owned a 39-9 advantage in kills; the Orioles didn’t pick up their first until Leanna Mysak landed one to bring Springville within 16-10 in Game 1.

But Janesville scored the next four points, and owned the rest of the match.

“I think we did everything we’re capable of,” said Springville setter Sidney Hopkins. “They were a tall team. I didn’t expect them to be so tall.”

Janesville is making its fourth straight state trip, and played like it. Springville qualified by rallying from a two-set regional-final deficit against No. 3 New London.

“I’m so glad we made it,” Hopkins said.

Sylvia Amlie led the Wildcats with 10 kills. Gillian Gergen added nine, Sorge seven. Brittney Hanson counted 32 assists.

Mysak had three kills for Springville.

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