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Bolts sweep the Muskies in regional semifinal volleyball

Liberty’s 3-0 win over Muscatine sends Lightning to regional final
Liberty High freshman Cassidy Hartman prepares to launch a kill shot at Iowa City West Tuesday, Sept. 3, at home. The Lightning swept the Muskies of Muscatine, 3-0, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in a Class 5A regional semifinal with a team-high 12 kills from Hartman.

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team moved a step closer to the state tournament with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-13) sweep of the Muscatine Muskies Tuesday, Oct. 29, at home, in a Class 5A regional semifinal match.
The Lightning earned a first-round bye with a 32-2 record and were ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. The Muskies were unranked and brought a 6-17 record into the contest.
Freshman Cassidy Hartmann led the Bolts with a dozen kills, while senior Rylee Fay produced eight. Junior Haley Hested produced 17 assists, junior Addie Schmierer led Liberty in digs with seven, and Hartmann and freshman Shelby Kimm had one block assist apiece. Fay and Hested made four ace serves each in the match, as well.
Liberty improved to 33-2 and faced Dubuque Hempstead Monday, Nov. 4, at home in the regional final (after this issue’s deadline) to determine who would advance to the 2019 state tournament. The Mustangs arrived in North Liberty as the No. 11 team in 5A with a 20-13 record. Hempstead defeated Linn-Mar, 3-2, in the semifinals in a battle of unranked teams.
The 2019 Class 5A tournament is set for Tuesday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 15, at the U.S. Cellular Center, in downtown Cedar Rapids.
5A quarterfinals are on Tuesday at noon and 2 p.m. The semifinals are Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m., and the championship will be at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Class 5A Regional Quarterfinal, Tues., Oct. 29— Liberty High School 3, Muscatine 0
Kills— Cassidy Hartmann 12, Rylee Fay 8, Sydney Woods 7, LeeAnn Potter 5, Shelby Kimm 4, Lauren Roman 2, Kennedy Daugherty 1, Haley Hested 1.
Assists— Hested 17, Fay 16, Addie Schmierer 4, Potter 1.
Digs— Schmierer 7, Fay 6, Potter 3, Woods 3, Daugherty 1, Hested 1, Kimm 1.
Block assists— Hartmann 1, Kimm 1.
Ace serves— Fay 4, Hested 4, Hartmann 2, Potter 2, Schmierer 1, Woods 1.