Aplington-Parkersburg volleyball reached the semifinals of last season’s state tournament, but lost seven seniors that made up the core of that group. Experience did return though this year though with juniors Becky Walters and Megan Schipper, and last year’s supporting players fit nicely into new roles on the court. A-P coach Darrell Koenen doesn’t feel his team will be nervous playing in Cedar Rapids.The 32-and-six Lady Falcons have not played 39-and-eight Waterloo Columbus yet this year, but Koenen says they’re still pretty familiar with the Lady Sailors.The 11th ranked Aplington-Parkersburg volleyball team makes their second straight trip to the state tournament tonight. The Falcons take on seventh ranked waterloo columbus clash in the class 2-a quarterfinals at 7:15. Top ranked Grundy Center returns to the state tournament for the second consecutive season. The Lady Spartans were swept by Western Christian in the quartefinals last season. This time around, Grundy Center comes in 40-and-one against a 20-and-14 Mid-Prairie squad. Lady Spartans coach Darwin Sents says the Hawks are a tough draw.Sents is confident that if the Lady Spartans play their best volleyball this weekend, they can make a run in Cedar Rapids. Grundy Center and Mid-Prairie meet for the second time in the eight months. The Lady Spartan hoopsters defeated the Hawks in the basketball quarterfinals last march.
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