Posted On: 09/3/20 12:23 PM

It’s LIVE volleyball! As someone who covers volleyball across the Midwest, I can’t help but be a little extra excited to cover this event. Minnesota and Illinois have moved their volleyball to spring, Wisconsin schools have delayed their season by a few weeks with 25% of programs opting for a spring season, and Iowa is full go. I will be heading to the Shirley Ryan Invite at Mount Vernon High School. Here are the pools as well as a few storylines to follow.

Pools named after MV athletes who are now in the IGHSAU Volleyball Hall of Fame:

Joy Jordan Pod at MVHS:
1- Mount Vernon
2- Iowa City West
3- Tipton
4- Waverly-Shell Rock
5-Des Moines Christian

Lot of power from the pins with this bracket. Mount Vernon is bringing back almost their entire squad from their 2019 state championship team with the likes of Lauren SchrockLaurenSchrock6'2" | OHMount Vernon | 2021StateIA on the outside and Southwest Minnesota State commit Natalie WelchNatalieWelch6'0" | RSMount Vernon | 2021StateIA on the right side. They also have a loaded back court with Sydney DennisSydneyDennis5'5" | LMount Vernon | 2021StateIA (Iowa) and Jorie RandallJorieRandall5'7" | LMount Vernon | 2021StateIA. Waverly Shell-Rock, a state tournament team from 2019 will have South Dakota commit Avery BeckettAveryBeckett5'10" | OHWaverly Shell Rock | 2022StateIA on the pin. Des Moines Christian is always a strong program and will have Northwestern (IA) commit Alysen DexterAlysenDexterOHDes Moines Christian | 2021StateIA leading the way.

Ali Stark Pod at MVMS:

Ella MeyerEllaMeyer5'4" | DSWestern Dubuque | 2023StateIA WDBQ

1- Western Dubuque
2- Columbus Catholic
3-Center Point-Urbana
4-Wahlert Catholic
5-Grundy Center

Western Dubuque has a target on their back after finishing the season extremely hot knocking off Wahlert and Xavier enroute to finishing state runner-up in Class 4A. Meredith BahlMeredithBahl5'10" | OHWestern Dubuque | 2022StateIA and Maddie HarrisMaddieHarris5'9" | OHWestern Dubuque | 2022StateIA are leading the way with over 50 kills each while Sophomore libero Ella MeyerEllaMeyer5'4" | DSWestern Dubuque | 2023StateIA leads the way as a top libero in the Class of 2023. Grundy Center is another team who will have plenty of power with Abby Hamann on the outside, but some Freshmen to watch will be Ellery Luhring and Carlie Willis.

Shelby Kintzel Pod at Lester Buresh Recreation Center :
1-North Cedar
2- DNH
3-Beckman Catholic
4- Ottumwa
5-Nevada

Nevada

Plenty of history of state tournament appearances here with Dike-New Hartford, Beckman, and Nevada. DNH will have a extremely young squad, but thats no problem for the Wolverines. They will have a really dynamic setter in Madelyn Norton and the next pair of Petersen twins! Payton Petersen leads the team in kills while twin sister, Jadyn Petersen leads the team in digs. They will be top ones to watch out of the Class of 2024. Beckman returns after a state runner up finish in 2019. The Blazers will be without Iowa State commit Kiersten SchmittKierstenSchmitt6'0" | RSBeckman | 2022StateIA, but will still have a balanced attack with Jenna Lansing, Kylee Rueber, and Lauren Osterhaus. Osterhaus also is the top blocker on the team. Nevada returns from a state appearance in 2019 and are led by the power in the middles with Senior, Sydney MosinskiSydneyMosinskiLNevada | 2021StateIA and Sophomore, Lily GoosLilyGoos6'1" | MBNevada | 2023StateIA. The Cubs have played a gauntlet of a schedule with plenty of ranked teams and will be prepared to take on some top squads again this weekend.

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