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Made it to state, and into the history books

Clipper girls see first state tourney since 1999 for CCA
(Above) CCA’s Alyssa Weldon, Lauren Helle, Natalie Brimeyer, McKenzie Fuller, McKenna McCreedy and Lauren Stopko celebrate a point in the third of three sets Tuesday, Nov. 4, in a regional final against Cedar Rapids Xavier. The Clippers scuttled the Saints 3-0 to advance to the state tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 11, the first state appearance for CCA since 1999.

MARENGO– After watching the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football team make history this fall with the most wins in a season, a district championship and a play-off appearance, it was the volleyball team’s turn to add a new chapter in Clipper history.
The ladies earned their first trip to the State Volleyball Tournament since 1999 with a 3-0 sweep of Cedar Rapids Xavier at Iowa Valley High School in Marengo on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The Clippers were listing early in the first set, down 1-6, which prompted coach Jackie Clubb to call an early time out.
“We got the jitters calmed down a little bit, at the beginning. We got settled in and back to our game,” Clubb said. The Clippers surged to an 11-8 advantage thanks in part to a pair of kills from senior Natalie Brimeyer and extended it to 19-11 before taking a 25-16 win.
In game two, a 3-0 CCA lead quickly became an 8-3 lead. Down 17-13, the Saints took a pause, regrouped and narrowed the gap to a 17-16 Clipper advantage. A pair of kills from junior Alyssa Weldon sealed the 25-23 win for CCA.
The third and final set was another hard-fought affair with the Saints taking the lead before a 17-17 tie. The rest of the game belonged to the Clippers, who punched their tournament ticket with a 25-20 win.
“It’s definitely well worth it after all the work we put in this summer,” Clubb said. “Everything’s gone pretty well for us, we’ve made some adjustments and the girls handled everything really well. So, pretty proud of ‘em.” Clubb, in her first year at the head of the program, credited the leadership of her seniors and the dedication of the squad in general for reaching what has been an elusive achievement. “We have great senior leadership and everybody’s been so great at accepting their role and embracing their role, and taking it to a higher level no matter what it is,” Clubb said. “That’s what makes great teams do great things.”
Kills: Alyssa Weldon 9, Natalie Brimeyer 8, Ashley Prusha 7, Dacia Lipkea 6, Hanna Stokes 5.
Blocks: Brimeyer 8, Lauren Helle 3, Prusha 2, Weldon 2, Stokes 1.
Ace serves: McKenzie Fuller 2, Prusha 1, Stokes 1, Weldon 1.
Digs: Lauren Stopko 24, Brimeyer 14, Weldon 9, Lipkea 5, Sheyanne Koethe 3, McKenna McCreedy 3, Prusha 3, Stokes 3.
Assists: Weldon 17, Fuller 14, Stopko 1.
The Clippers took a 26-9 record into the quarterfinal round at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 11, where they beat the 31-13 Crusaders from Sioux City’s Bishop Heelan Catholic High School in five games. The win advanced the Clippers to today’s semifinal round against Harlan.