Cowgirls headed back to state volleyball for third time

The Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Cowgirls defeated Union on Monday night in Iowa Falls to earn one of the eight spots in Class 3A at the State Volleyball Tournament next week in Cedar Rapids. They will go in as the #8 seed at 27-8, and will face #1 Kuemper Catholic (42-1) on Wednesday at noon at the U.S. Cellular Center.

This time, the glass slipper fit. And the pumpkin turned into a coach, which is whisking away the Cowgirl volleyball team to the state tournament next week in Cedar Rapids. Armed with a potent offensive attack, the team kept fighting and eventually turned back a strong challenge from the Union Knights to win a 3-1 match. Set scores were 25-19, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-22. They appeared at state in 1994 and 1998, with two more recent regional final trips in 2000 and 2016.

With Jadyn Jondle serving in set one, a four-hit call on the Knights gave the Cowgirls a 19-15 lead. Union then made a kill, with the red and black returning the next ball just inside the line for a 20-16 margin. A net call gave Union the next point, followed by a serve out for the Cowgirl point. Another officials call gave C-G-D a 22-17 lead, forcing the Knights to call a timeout to stop their momentum. With Haley Nerem serving, another call at the net gave the Cowgirls a 23-17 advantage. A Union kill dropped in for their 18th point, only to be countered by a Morgan Middleton smash to set up game point. Following another Union point, the Knights couldn’t find the handle on the next serve and the Cowgirls were up 1-0 in the match.

 

For the full story and many more photos, see the Nov. 1st edition of the Monitor