Friday, October 31, 2014
THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD - REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL - Marion 3, Davenport Assumption 0 .... Xavier 3, Fairfield 0 .... Jefferson 3, Marshalltown 2 .... Prairie 3, Davenport West 0 .... Kennedy 3, Linn-Mar 2 .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Culver-Stockton 3, Mount Mercy 0
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No. 9 Cougars rally to oust Lions, 3-2

The Kennedy Cougars lost the first two games against Linn-Mar Thursday night and trailed 22-18 in the third set when Coach Michelle Goodall called a timeout with her team on the verge of being eliminated from the Class 5A regional volleyball tournament.

She must have said the magic words.

The ninth-ranked Cougars rallied for a dramatic 23-25, 26-28, 25-23, 25-23, 15-12 victory in the regional semifinals at Linn-Mar.

Kennedy (28-9) will face third-ranked Dowling in the regional finals at Newton Tuesday night, with the winner claiming a spot in the state tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Goodall challenged her players during that timeout with the Cougars just three points away from extinction.

"I told them in that timeout, 'Who believes we're going to win the next three points?,'" she said. "Three or four of them said, 'Yeah, we're gonna.'"


No. 3 Indians cruise without Phillips

With her right hand bandaged like a sledgehammer, senior all-stater Abby Phillips is still trying to take her Marion volleyball team to its first state tournament in her stellar four-year career as a starter.

The diminutive libero, an Iowa State recruit who holds the all-time Indian record for digs, hurt her hand diving for a ball at practice Oct. 10 but played six matches before seeing a doctor and realizing the hand was broken.

She’s missed seven matches since then and may not be able to return as Marion marches through the post-season

“Even on the bench she’s still an invaluable member of the team,” said Coach Roxanne Paulsen Thursday night after the Indians whacked Davenport Assumption 3-0 in a regional semifinal on Marion’s home court.

“It breaks our heart that she’s not on the court. But she continues to be a leader.”


Woodin went from stocks to blocks

DeAnn Woodin is following her passion for being a leader in her ninth year as Coe’s volleyball coach, but she wasn’t always on the coaching path.

Woodin attended the University of South Dakota and transferred to the University of Northern Iowa for a double major in Finance and Economics. She was a stockbroker for a few years while being a volunteer coach at UNI and then an assistant at Wartburg.

Throughout this process Woodin realized that coaching was her passion. She coached at Kirkwood and went to the University of Iowa as the Director of Volleyball Operations before coming to Coe.

Woodin’s best influences in life were her coaches and teachers, so making the switch from stock broker to coaching was only logical.

“I love helping people and working with young people and coaching is essentially teaching,” she explained. “If you do something you love every day you don’t feel like it’s a job.”


No. 1 Warriors break record, 78-13

The first round of the 2014 Class 4A playoffs proved to be a record-setter for the top-ranked Washington Warriors.

Coach Paul James' team led 64-0 at halftime in Wednesday night's game at Kingston Stadium and scored a school-record 78 points in a 78-13 thrashing of the Clinton River Kings.

Washington (10-0) will host Cedar Falls in the second round Monday night.

Clinton closes its season at 2-8.

Eight different Warriors scored touchdowns. Connor Vincent score three times and Nick Nassif added a pair.


No. 6 Lions shrug off Davenport Central

It wasn't exactly a playoff atmosphere Wednesday night at Linn-Mar Stadium as the Lions played host to Davenport Central in a Class 4A first-round contest.

That had Linn-Mar Coach Bob Forsyth concerned.

"It's just a different environment when you come out here for that first Wednesday night playoff game," he said. "The band's not here. The crowd's not where you want, but I thought our kids did a good job of working around that."

The Lions shrugged things off and defeated Davenport Central, 34-14.

Linn-Mar took control with a 24-point second quarter, relying again on big plays from quarterback Ryan Schmidt and Trevor Noble to get in scoring position. Neither of the dynamic seniors were able to get into the end zone, but a couple big runs from Schmidt and three more long passes to Noble set the table for others.


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