Prep Volleyball- The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released this week’s volleyball rankings and all the #1 teams stayed put, but this was not the week to be ranked #2 as a couple of them tumbled down the rankings.
In Class 1A, Ankeny Christian is still on top of the rankings followed by North Tama, who moved one spot up, and Holy Trinity Catholic after the Crusaders ripped off six straight wins, five of those matches the Crusaders did not lose a set. #5 Boyden-Hull and #9 Stanton tied for the highest climb up the rankings at six spots. Riverside was undefeated and ranked #2 just a week ago, now the Bulldogs are 7-4 after four straight losses and cling on to the bottom of the rankings in 15th. No team was dropped from the top 15.
Class 2A had three big movements to the top 15; beyond that Dike-New Hartford is still the favorite with a 15-0 record. The first one was Denver’s loss to Sumner-Fredericksburg last week resulted in the two teams flipping spots as the Cyclones now rank 5th and the Cougars are now in 4th. The second one was Wapsie Valley falling from 12th to 14th with Aplington-#12 Parkersburg and #13 West Burlington each moving one spot up the list. Lastly, Wilton replaced Hudson for the #15 slot in the rankings.
Class 3A was simply a mess. Western Christian still holds the top spot but Assumption’s three game losing streak saw the Knights tumble from #2 down to #7 in the rankings. Mount Vernon vaulted up the rankings from 6th to 2nd. Center Point-Urbana went from unranked to #6 after defeating Assumption two sets to one and #10 Wahlert Catholic two sets to one over the weekend at the Shirley Ryan Invitational. Solon fell five spots from 7th to 12th. Osage also entered the rankings at the #15 spot with a 5-2 record. Red Oak and Mid-Prairie fell from the rankings after a turbulent week in Class 3A.
Class 4A is similar to Class 2A in terms of relative calm in the rankings. Clear Creek-Amana and Indianola remain undefeated and ranked #1 and #2, respectively. ADM leaped from 9th to 3rd with an undefeated record of 10-0 and the Tigers have been tested as they took down formerly 6th ranked Nevada, newly ranked #6 Norwalk and #11 Ballard. North Scott fell from 3rd to 5th after falling to Des Moines Christian over the past weekend. Knoxville is now ranked 14th after being ranked 10th last week. Lastly, Bishop Heelan jumps into the top 15 at #15 after Charles City was knocked out of the rankings.
Dowling Catholic still rules Class 5A followed by Ankeny Centennial and Ankeny. Pleasant Valley provides the first movement in the rankings as they switched spots with Sioux City East, going from 9th to 7th. Iowa City Liberty is still in the top 10 despite a 4-8 record. Cedar Rapids Kennedy was exiled out of the top 15 with Dubuque Hempstead providing the replacement to round out the top 15.