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Iowans excited to have home court advantage at volleyball finals

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Playing in the NCAA championships is always exciting, but three volleyball players are more excited about having home court advantage in the Cedar Rapids tournament.

Three Wingate Bulldogs all used to be Iowa Rockets.

"All three of us are really close, and it's crazy to be on the same court as them," said Lexi Potter, a junior. 

The trio grew up in the Iowa City area and at one point were rivals. Potter and Shelly Stumpff both went to West High, while Abby Saehler went to City High.

"I didn't really care about West High, you know, they were our rivals, but now I wouldn't trade them for the world," said Abby Saehler, a freshman. "I love them."

Whenever Wingate is playing, this arena is going to be packed with Eastern Iowans here to cheer on the hometown girls.

"Usually we don't get to see them very much so them coming up to Cedar Rapids I think we're all very, very excited for," said Lauren Hansen, a former coach. "We have quite a bit of people coming tonight."

They're looking forward to their friends and families watching them play.

"It will just liven up the atmosphere even more, even though this is a very cool place to play in," said Shelly Stumpff, a sophomore. 

"It's so close to home," Saehler added. "We have so many people coming to watch us and support us. So that will just be another advantage with us."

The three hope that advantage will help them win a national title.

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