Prep Volleyball- The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) has released their eleventh edition of the volleyball rankings and with less than two weeks remaining until the first round of Regional Volleyball, teams are jockeying for position.
Class 1A had minimal movement with the top three teams keeping their spot in Ankeny Christian, Boyden-Hull, and Holy Trinity Catholic, respectively. Janesville jumped three spots up the rankings from 8th to 5th with back-to-back wins including a win over newly ranked #12 Don Bosco. Central City fell out of the top 15 after going 2-2 at the Union tournament over the weekend.
Dike-New Hartford is still undefeated and on top of the rankings for Class 2A followed by Hinton and Grundy Center, respectively. Sumner-Fredericksburg fell two spots to #6 in the rankings after losing to Don Bosco two sets to one. Aplington-Parkersburg hopped up to #8 in the ranking, switching spots with South Hardin. West Burlington moved up one spot to #14 after placing second in the New London tournament behind Mid-Prairie. Beckman Catholic, who touts a 23-7 record, replaced Wilton in the top 15 at the #12 slot.
Class 3A had no movement in the top 15. Western Christian is still #1 followed by Mount Vernon and Des Moines Christian. Mid-Prairie is ranked 8th and MOC-Floyd Valley rounds out the top 15.
Clear Creek-Amana is now 35-0 and still the team to beat in Class 4A. The top six stayed the same with the only movement in the top ten being Marion leapfrogging North Polk to the #7 spot. Despite six wins in a row, Carlisle’s losses last week to #3 ADM and #11 Ballard knocked the Wildcats out of the top 15. Nevada enters the rankings at the #12 spot after previously being unranked.
In Class 5A, the top three teams are Dowling Catholic, Ankeny Centennial, and Waukee Northwest. Ankeny’s losses to Denver (#4 in Class 3A), Nevada (#12 in Class 4A), and Ankeny Centennial knocked the Hawks from #5 to #8 in the rankings. Linn-Marr has dropped three games in a row, resulting in the Lions being unranked. Iowa City Liberty went from unranked to #10 after winning six games in a row; however, the Lightning have now dropped their last two to Mount Vernon and Xavier.