By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team may be young, without any seniors, but they can still put up a fight and rule the night. Such was the case Monday, Sept. 30, when Iowa City Regina visited for a non-conference match. The Clippers took care of business in three-straight, winning 25-13, 25-20 and 25-14.
Coach Brian Bronzynski took the win in stride saying, “as a (coaching) staff, we felt we executed our game plan pretty well. We were able to establish our attack, defend (against) Regina’s and serve effectively as well. All in all, a very solid performance by the Clippers.”
Alyssa Weldon, a sophomore, led the Clipper attack with a dozen kills and had four aces in her 14-16-effort serving. Natalie Brimeyer, a junior, put up eight kills and had one ace in her perfect 10-10 serving. Six kills were credited to junior Hanna Stokes and sophomore Ashley Prusha, Mallory Allen, a sophomore, made a pair of kills while sophomores Megan Beckler and Corrine Schwarting had one kill each.
Bronzynski added, “the younger players are progressing pretty much like younger players will: sometimes a step forward, followed by a step sideways or in another direction.” He said it then falls to the coaches to try and find, “a teachable moment in just about everything we do.”
The Clippers dropped out of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s weekly rankings issued Thursday, Oct. 3. CCA lost its 14th-place ranking to Lewis Central, which dropped from ninth-place the week before. Harlan retained its first-place ranking while Solon kept its second-place rank.
The final regular season home match is set for Thursday, Oct. 10, as Vinton-Shellsburg comes to Tiffin. After that, it’s the WaMaC tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Thursday, Oct. 17, before an appearance in the Davenport Central tournament on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Then, the regional battles begin for the right to play in the state tournament. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has yet to release the regional pairings. “So much of (Class) 4A regionals depends on where we go,” Bronzynski said. “We could go west, south or east. Obviously, with that also goes the matchup with those teams that may also be placed there. Because 4A schools are spread out, or bunched, how those eight groups are pieced together can make all the difference.”