Dike-New Hartford and Aplington-Parkersburg Advance in 2A State Volleyball. - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Dike-New Hartford and Aplington-Parkersburg Advance in 2A State Volleyball.

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)--Hannah Willms had 11 kills, five blocks and 12 digs to lead second-ranked Dike-New Hartford to a 25-13, 25-11, 25-20 victory over Waterloo Columbus in Class 2A action at the State Volleyball Tournament Thursday night.

The Wolverines, last year's runner-up in Class 2A, were impressive, hitting 272 as a team while collecting 14 blocks. In addition to Willms' performance, Heather Rekers added nine kills. Emily Merfeld had a team-high 15 digs.

Waterloo Columbus was led by Rachel Schaefer's 12 kills while Michelle Schupbach added eight digs.

Dike-New Hartford will face unbeaten IKM-Manning tomorrow in the Class 2A semifinals at 6:00 P.M.

With its backs against the wall, Aplington-Parkersburg Chelsea Poppens refused to let the Falcons lose. The senior turned in a stellar performance, recording 30 kills, 14 blocks and 24 digs as Aplington-Parkersburg rallied from a 2-0 deficit to stun Kuemper Catholic, 21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-10 in a Class 2A first round contest.

Poppens' performance overshadowed a similar outstanding effort from Kuemper Catholic's Amy Dentlinger, who recorded 27 kills and 15 digs while teammate Sydney Stickrod added 19 kills.

As a team, the Falcons didn't give many points away at the service line, making 92 of 94 serves with six aces, with Poppens leading the way with three.

Aplington-Parkersburg advances to the Class 2A semifinals to face Western Christian at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Kuemper Catholic ends its season at 31-3.

Online Reporter: Rick Coleman

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