Site set for W-G’s regional semifinal with FDSE

Woodward-Granger volleyball head coach Meg Jackson (standing) recently resigned after 16 years guiding the Hawks. Her sister and longtime assistant, Kate Hargrafen (right) has not decided whether to continue coaching.

WOODWARD — The IGHSAU, as expected, has moved Thursday’s Class 2A Region 3 Semifinal between Woodward-Granger (24-13) and Fort Dodge St. Edmond (18-13) to Boone. The match, originally slated to be played in Neola, will start at 7 p.m.

The winner will advance to Tuesday’s Regional Final, which is currently scheduled to be played at Underwood. Fourth-ranked St. Albert (25-3) hosts AC/GC (21-9) in the other semifinal.

The Gaels are lead by 5-9 senior Hannah Huss, who has recorded 355 kills and 36 blocks while making 299 digs. She is serving 230-of-254 with 52 aces.

Sophomore Josie Huss has 125 kills and is 299-324-49 behind the line, with another Huss — 5-9 senior Livi — responsible for 604 assists.

Macey Mason has 252 digs, Erin Flattery 48 blocks and Devyn Scott 33 blocks.

The Gaels had a first round bye, then topped IKM-Manning, 3-2, Monday.

Alyssa Bice serves for the Hawks. W-G leads Class 2A with 330 aces, a total that is second-best statewide.

The Hawks dispatched Ogden, 3-0, in the first round before rallying to upset host and eighth-rated Tri-Center, 3-1, Monday.

W-G leads all of 2A in total ace serves with 330, 33 more than the next-best squad and a sum that is second-best among all classes. Their 3.55 ace-per-set clip is second in 2A (behind a 3.58 from Van Meter) and is the fifth-best statewide.

Anna Tague is 295-313-56, Emma Drake is 299-327-54, Julie Pitman 192-226-50 and Alyssa Bice 236-277-48. Any are capable of cutting loose on a hot streak and taking over a set.

Ashley Gales leads the team with 217 kills, with Julie Pitman adding 197 kills, Bice 137, Alissa Smeltzer 132 and Tague 106. Pitman has 54 blocks, Gales 46 and Drake 33, with Drake distributing 547 assists and Bice 191.

Libero player Kaycee Major has a team-best 224 digs, with Ashlyn Soelberg making 166 and Drake 161.

Katelyn Bandstra, Marissa Pasker and Natalie Weaver have also made important contributions for the Hawks.


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