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Bolts get the best of the V-ball J-Hawks

Hartmann’s 14 kills pushes Liberty past CR Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High entered the final week of the regular season with a 3-1 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the J-Hawks’ nest. Jefferson gave the Lightning a scare with a 25-17 win in the first set but the rest of the match belonged to the Bolts with 25-23, 25-16, and 25-22 wins.
Cassidy Hartmann produced 14 kills to lead Liberty with 13 from LeeAnn Potter. Rylee Fay made 25 assists with 21 from Haley Hested. Hartmann had Liberty’s only solo block of the match, while Lauren Roman made four block assists. Sydney Woods, Hartmann, and Schmierer made two ace serves each.
The win improved the Bolts’ record to 28-1 overall and 6-1 on the Valley side of the Mississippi Valley Conference.
The Bolts are in Class 5A Region 7 and begin their quest for the U.S. Cellular Center and perhaps the first state championship in program history with a semifinal match against Muscatine on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at home, at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the regional final on Monday, Nov. 4, at the highest-remaining team’s site. Linn-Mar and Dubuque Senior clash in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday, Oct. 23, with the winner taking on Hempstead on Oct. 29.
Liberty remained the No. 2 team in Class 5A in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Oct. 10 rankings. Hempstead was the only other ranked team at No. 13, up from No. 14 the week prior.

Liberty High 3, CR Jefferson 1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22)
Kills— Cassidy Hartmann 14, LeeAnn Potter 13, Rylee Fay 8, Shelby Kimm 8, Sydney Woods 4, Lauren Roman 1.
Assists— Fay 25, Hailey Hested 21, Addie Schmierer 1.
Digs— Schmierer 20, Woods 18, Hartmann 9, Potter 7, Hested 5, Fay 3, Roman 1.
Block Assists— Roman 4, Kimm 3, Fay 2, Hartmann 2, Potter 1.
Blocks Solo— Hartmann 1.
Ace Serves— Hartmann 2, Schmierer 2, Woods 2, Fay 1, Hested 1.