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More than a dozen teams from the Cedar Valley and northeast Iowa are featured in the second volleyball rankings of the season released by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) late Thursday afternoon.

Six of the squads are rated among the top five in their respective classes. The North Iowa Cedar League (NICL) -- considered one of the toughest conferences for volleyball across the state -- is well-represented, with half of circuit's 16 teams in the poll.

Dike-New Hartford (No. 1) and Denver (No. 2) are the top squads in Class 2A. Both are ranked ahead of four other NICL rivals: Wapsie Valley (No. 5), South Hardin (No. 6), Sumner-Fredericksburg (No. 7), and Grundy Center (No. 9).

No. 3 Gladbrook-Reinbeck, another NICL member, is the highest-ranked area team in Class 1A. The Rebels are four spots ahead of seventh-ranked North Tama, which cracked the top 15 for the first time this year. No. 15 Janesville holds the same spot it had in the preseason poll.

Three area teams -- West Delaware (No. 2), Independence (No. 11), and La Porte City Union (No. 12) -- are featured in the Class 3A rankings. Waverly-Shell Rock (No. 6 in Class 4A) and Cedar Falls (No. 8 in Class 5A) are also considered strong contenders to compete for a state title this year.


No.
School
Record
LW
1
Burlington Notre Dame
8-4
1
2
Springville
4-1
2
3
Gladbrook-Reinbeck
4-0
4
4
Gehlen Catholic
2-1
5
5
Holy Trinity Catholic
4-2
9
6
Lisbon
4-0
10
7
North Tama
4-1
NR
8
New London
1-3
3
9
Ankeny Christian
5-3
NR
10
Newell-Fonda
2-1
6
11
MMCRU
1-0
11
12
Southeast Warren
7-1
7
13
Council Bluffs St. Albert
3-2
8
14
Lamoni
6-0
14
15
Janesville
2-2
15
 
Dropped Out: Belle Plaine (12), Tripoli (13).
No.
School
Record
LW
1
Dike-New Hartford
9-0
1
2
Denver
6-0
2
3
Wilton
8-0
4
4
Western Christian
5-4
3
5
Wapsie Valley
1-3
5
6
South Hardin
7-0
6
7
Sumner-Fredericksburg
2-1
8
8
Osage
2-0
9
9
Grundy Center
7-0
10
10
Kuemper Catholic
4-3
7
11
Boyden-Hull
3-0
11
12
Beckman Catholic
7-0
12
13
Lake Mills
3-0
13
14
Treynor
5-1
NR
15
Missouri Valley
4-1
NR
 
Dropped Out: Columbus Catholic (14), Starmont (15).
No.
School
Record
LW
1
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
3-0
1
2
West Delaware
7-1
2
3
Davenport Assumption
2-0
3
4
Des Moines Christian
4-0
4
5
Unity Christian
0-0
5
6
Sheldon
5-1
7
7
West Burlington
5-0
8
8
West Liberty
5-0
9
9
Mount Vernon
2-0
10
10
Red Oak
3-3
6
11
Independence
4-4
11
12
Union
3-1
12
13
Sioux Center
2-1
13
14
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
9-0
NR
15
Nevada
1-4
15
 
Dropped Out: Roland-Story (14).
No.
School
Record
LW
1
North Scott
7-3
1
2
Western Dubuque
2-1
3
3
Oskaloosa
7-0
5
4
Marion
3-0
7
5
Bondurant-Farrar
9-0
11
6
Waverly-Shell Rock
5-1
2
7
Glenwood
9-1
4
8
Xavier
1-1
6
9
Clear Creek-Amana
5-2
8
10
North Polk
4-3
13
11
Norwalk
5-3
15
12
Lewis Central
0-0
12
13
Indianola
6-4
10
14
Pella
6-2
9
15
Humboldt
5-2
NR
 
Dropped Out: Clinton (14).
No.
School
Record
LW
1
Iowa City Liberty
6-1
1
2
West Des Moines Valley
5-2
6
3
Ankeny
8-1
3
4
Pleasant Valley
4-1
2
5
Cedar Rapids Kennedy
4-1
8
6
Urbandale
8-3
9
7
Ankeny Centennial
7-3
4
8
Cedar Falls
5-1
5
9
Iowa City West
3-2
11
10
Johnston
4-1
7
11
Dowling Catholic
4-4
10
12
Cedar Rapids Prairie
3-2
15
13
Dubuque Hempstead
6-0
NR
14
Southeast Polk
5-3
NR
15
Dubuque Senior
6-3
NR
Dropped Out: Sioux City East (12), Bettendorf (13), Des Moines Roosevelt (14).

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