Cowgirls step up to reach semis

Cowgirls step up to reach semis
Fourth-rated Sidney toppled No. 7 Tri-Center 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16 in a Class 2-A quarterfinal. (TOM KNAPP/FOR THE WORLD-HERALD)

When third-leading hitter Makenna Jarosz went down early in the first set with a knee injury, Sidney could have crumbled. Instead, it banded together even tighter.

Camryn McClintock pounded 24 kills and Kelsey Hobbie swung at a .556 clip to add 18 more as fourth-rated Sidney toppled No. 7 Tri-Center 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16 in a Class 2-A quarterfinal.

Sidney coach Amy McClintock said Jarosz’s loss wasn’t cause for panic.

“I just said, ‘Everybody’s got to step up a little bit more and play a little bit harder, because she’s not coming back into the game,’ ” she said. “And I think they did that.”

The third-seeded Cowgirls (39-2), making their fourth straight state appearance, move on to their second semifinal during that span. They will meet 16-time state champion and third-rated Western Christian (40-5) in Thursday’s 4 p.m. semifinal. The Wolfpack have reached the semifinal round for an Iowa-record 18th consecutive year.

To get there, Sidney had to solve Tri-Center (31-8) for a third consecutive time  this season.

“McClintock played out of her mind,” Tri-Center coach Rachel Eikenberry said.

It was Tri-Center’s first state appearance in 33 years. McDonald paced the attack with 19 kills, while Brooklyn Hundt and Olivia Maassen added 10 apiece. Lilly Dahir led the team in assists (40) and digs (19). All are seniors.

Tri-Center (31-8)……….25 17 25 16

Sidney (39-2)…………..27 25 20 25

TC (kills-aces-blocks): Presley Pogge 3-0-3, Olivia Maassen 10-1-2, Lilly Dahir 2-1-1,  Brooklyn Hundt 10-0-1, Tatum Carlson 4-1-1, Emma McDonald 19-0-1. Totals 48-3-9.

S (kills-aces-blocks): Olivia Larsen 1-0-0, Maddy Duncan 3-0-0, Harley Spurlock 2-0-1, Kelsey Hobbie 18-0-2, Camryn McClintock 24-4-1, Makenna Jarosz 0-0-0, Jaden Daffer 3-1-0, Presley Brumbaugh 10-0-2. Totals 61-5-6.

Set assists: TC 46 (Dahir 40, Carlson 4, Pogge 1, Hundt 1); S 58 (Larsen 53, Duncan 3, Daffer 2).

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