Prep Volleyball: Notre Dame Rallies from Set One, Wins Three Straight:
Gabby Deery provided a match high 28 kills as top-seeded Notre Dame withstood a 25-23 set one loss to rally for three straight and a 3-1 win over eighth-seeded Tri Center.
Notre Dame picked up 25-17, 25-20 and 25-14 wins following their loss.
Deery was unstoppable at times, drilling kill after kill while being fed 49 attack attempts.
Josie Bentz added 17 kills on 33 attempts, chipping in with seven aces.
Jenna Bentz was terrific from her setter position, leading the Nikes with a match high 53 assists.
Ava Parkins led the back row with 15 digs.
Mikenzie Brewer paced Tri-Center with 14 kills while Marissa Ring added 12.
Tri-Center closes their year 27-11.
Prep Volleyball: Holy Trinity Survives Thriller, Advances to Semis:
Melissa Freesmeier can breathe a little bit easier — at least for now.
The fourth-seeded Holy Trinity Crusaders took every punch, every jab and every body blow in stride last night, outlasting fifth-seeded Janesville in five sets in an epic clash of two legendary programs.
Freesmeier and the Crusaders were 0-9 lifetime against Janesville in the state tournament but finally nipped them in a matchup that will be remembered for a long time.
Kassi Randolph and Brooke Mueller led the Crusaders with 13 kills apiece, while Natalie Randolph also finished in double figures with 11.
Holy Trinity dropped the first set 25-23 then countered for two gut-wrenching wins in the second and third sets, 25-21 and 25-22.
Janesville then answered in a must-win set four with a 25-20 triumph, spearheaded by their senior ace Pyper McCarville, who finished with a match high 24 kills on 72 total attempts.
From there, Holy Trinity buckled down.
The Crusaders got a huge fifth set block from Mueller to shift the momentum as Holy Trinity rode the wave for a 15-8 clincher.
The win means the two southeast Iowa powers — Notre Dame and Holy Trinity — will collide tonight in a semifinal for the ages.
The winner will move into Thursday’s state championship.
Match time tonight is set for 6:00 p.m., you can listen on FM 105.5 and kilj.com.
College Basketball: Mount Mercy Races Past Wesleyan:
Joey Brown scored 15 points and added eight boards, but it was Mount Mercy who raced out to a big lead and coasted to a big 87-63.
The Mustangs led 44-23 at the half after RoyShawn Webb poured in a game-high 26 points.
Bailey Basala added 25.
Jett Tjaden added 11 points off the Wesleyan bench, as the Tigers fell to 1-2.
The Tigers will take on William Woods University in their next matchup on Friday, November 5th in Fulton, Missouri.
Tip is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
College Wrestling: Iowa Wrestling Tabbed Preseason No. 1:
The University of Iowa wrestling team is the preseason No. 1 according to the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association poll.
The Hawkeyes nabbed all 14 first-place votes and are one of ten Big Ten programs in the first edition of the rankings.
Penn State, Missouri, Michigan and NC State round out the top five.
Kevin Dresser’s Iowa State Cyclones are the preseason No. 14, while Northern Iowa is No. 17.
Iowa will open up their season November 19th, hosting No. 22 Princeton.
The dual is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.