Cedar Falls Wins 74th-Straight Match [Photos]
The Cedar Falls express continues to roll right into the semifinals of the Iowa High School Girls State Volleyball Tournament.
The Tigers swept Waukee in a Class 5A quarterfinal match at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning (Nov. 6, 2018). After a tight first set that featured 12 ties and ended 27-25, the Tigers throttled their train into high gear and dominated the rest of the way.
Cedar Falls jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second set and coasted to a 25-14 victory. Coach Matthew Johnson's squad scored the first eight points of the third set, which ended 25-9.
The Tigers ended the match with 11 aces, six of which were tallied by Emmy Wedgebury. They left the court without committing a service error.
Akacia Brown led Cedar Falls (45-0) with 11 kills, while Arkansas State recruit Emily Clapp and Dayton signee Alayna Yates each finished with nine. Junior Emerson Green, a UNI basketball recruit, had 33 assists.
The victory over Waukee was the 74th in a row for Cedar Falls, dating back to September of 2017. In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the defending state champions, the Tigers have made winning look easy all season. They improved their match record to 101-2, despite losing six starters and five other seniors to graduation in 2017.
Cedar Falls is trying to become the first unbeaten state champion since Dike-New Hartford accomplished the feat in 2012.
Next up for the Tigers is a semifinal match against Ankeny Centennial at 10 AM on Thursday. The Jaguars (39-3) advanced with a four-set win over West Des Moines Dowling Catholic in Tuesday's other morning quarterfinal.