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West High girls sweep Muskies, Polk

West High’s Madi Ford and Gabi Delsing double up on a dig in the first set Monday, Oct. 27, at home in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal match against Muscatine. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy made it two thirds of the way to the state tournament with wins over Muscatine and Southeast Polk in Class 5A regional quarterfinal and semifinal action.
The tournament trail started at home Monday, Oct. 27, as the 3-23 Muscatine Muskies visited for a regional quarterfinal match. West had little trouble pulling off a 3-0 sweep and earning the trip to Southeast Polk for the semifinal match.
The Women of Troy took the first set against Muscatine 25-6, and suffered what head coach Randy Dolson called a lull in the second set before prevailing 25-15. West dominated the third set, 25-3.
“(Heading into Thursday) we wanted to be as clean as possible, and try to run some up-tempo offensive sets,” Dolson said. “We knew who we were playing tonight. We knew we were going to get some opportunities on some free balls. That’s why I wanted us to be really sharp on those (free balls). I think we did a pretty good job with that.”
Southeast Polk was well known to the Women of Troy. “We’ve actually split, they beat us the first time around, we learned a few things and got them the second time around,” Dolson said. “If we can come out and play crisp and clean like we did tonight, I think our chances are pretty good.”
The teams met Thursday, Oct. 30, with the Women of Troy taking a 3-0 win (25-21, 25-22 and 25-23) to advance to the regional final on Tuesday, Nov. 4, against West Des Moines Valley at Des Moines East High School.
West improved its record to 27-11 while Southeast Polk dropped to 30-11. Valley improved to 37-11 with a 3-0 win over Ottumwa. Valley was sixth in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s final Class 5A rankings issued Thursday, Oct. 23, while West High was unranked. Southeast Polk was 10th in the standings at the time.