Redhawks, Rebels net all-state

North Tama senior setter Jadyn Rausch (2) goes up for the attack during the Redhawks’ Class 1A state quarterfinal volleyball game against AGWSR on Nov. 1 at Xtream Arena in Coralville. Rausch was named 1A all-state for the second year in a row. FILE PHOTO

Trips to the year-ending state volleyball tournament have become part of the process for central Iowa standouts North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck, and the top players from those schools were well represented on the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association’s season-ending all-state teams as a result.

North Tama senior setter Jadyn Rausch earned her second consecutive Class 1A first-team all-state honor, while Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Ava Wyatt was promoted to the first team for the first time to highlight a handful of honors for local players as announced Monday by the IGCA.

Rausch and her Redhawk teammates returned to state for the second year in a row — and for the program’s fourth trip in six seasons — before bowing out in the state quarterfinals in a thrilling five-set defeat to AGWSR. Rausch and fellow senior Shae Ewoldt, an outside hitter, earned all-state honors again as well.

Rausch, who ranked seventh in 1A with 892 assists this fall, was a two-time first-teamer, while Ewoldt, whose 326 kills ranked 14th in 1A, was a second-team pick this season a year after debuting on the IGCA third team.

Rausch was named to the all-tournament team at state as a junior, and in her senior season she eclipsed 2,000 kills for her prep career. Ewoldt went over 700 kills in helping the second-ranked Redhawks get back to state.

Wyatt made the jump from third-team all-state as a junior to first-team selection as a senior after finishing fourth in 1A with 480 kills this season. She ranked 15th in all classes with her kill total, which averaged out to 4.1 kills per set (eighth-best in 1A).

Wyatt started her Rebel career as a sophomore right-side hitter, but got the opportunity to shine as an outside hitter her junior and senior seasons and didn’t disappoint. She helped power Gladbrook-Reinbeck to three straight state tournament appearances — and two runner-up finishes — with her potent attack. She finished her career with more than 1,200 kills and saw the Rebels reach state for the fourth time in the last five years.

Megan Cooley, a senior middle hitter for G-R, earned all-state honors for the third time in as many seasons. Cooley earned second-team selection for the second year in a row after making her debut as an all-state honorable mention in 2020.

Cooley finished her senior campaign ranked 18th in 1A with 307 kills and was 14th with a .346 kill efficiency. Her 68 total blocks also ranked her 17th in 1A in helping the fourth-ranked Rebels reach the state finals and finish second with a 34-10 overall mark.

North Tama senior middle hitter Breanna Sebetka and freshman libero Addison Hochstetler earned all-state honorable mention selection for their roles in the Redhawks’ remarkable 39-5 campaign. Sebetka finished with 251 kills (39th in 1A) with a .346 kill efficiency (14th in 1A), while Hochstetler finished fourth in 1A with 516 digs. She ranked 12th in all classes.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior setter Emma McClintock took in her third all-state honor as well, gaining honorable mention selection for the second year in a row after debuting as a second-team recipient in 2020.

McClintock’s assist total of 1,050 this fall ranked her fourth in Iowa and first in 1A. She averaged 9.0 assists per set, good for third among small-school setters.

Urbandale senior outside hitter Lily Dykstra was named the IGCA’s Player of the Year. The Northern Iowa recruit led Class 5A with 555 kills and a 5.4 kills per set average this season in helping the 11th-ranked J-Hawks reach state with a sub-.500 record.