Volleyball falls in finals but celebrates success

After an undefeated season, the volleyball team fell to Ankeny Centennial in four sets in the 5A State Championship. Despite the loss, the team has had another amazing year. The semi-final match was an intense battle against Cedar Falls. After Bettendorf won the first two sets, Cedar Falls took the third and fourth. The girls came back to win the fifth set, 15-9. “Winning against Cedar Falls is my favorite memory because there was so much adrenaline flowing through me,” Alexa Ito said. “I always feel sick before games but it usually goes away during warmups but the whole week was so exciting and I always wanted to be playing,” Maggie Runge said. Josie Herbst was named captain of the All Tournament team by the Iowa High School Girls’ Athletic Union. Ito, Megan Sharkey, Josie Herbst and Runge were chosen to play on the Iowa team in the Iowa vs Illinois All Star Game. “I give so much credit to our coaches for our success. We have talented players on the team, but without specific practice plans and scouting reports I don’t think we would’ve reached our maximum performance,” Ito said. “Coach Lichtenberg has taught me so much and she is also the sweetest and most kind person,” Megan Sharkey said.


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