It’s not often that a high school girls’ volleyball season exceeds the hype and expectations of the previous season, but this season was an exception to that rule.
The stars shone brightly from start to finish. In a season filled with upsets, plentiful league turnover and intense matchups, the first state tournament at Coralville’s Xtream Arena was one that will be hard to beat.
As the final kill hit the bottom, Iowa City Liberty, Cedar Rapids Xavier, Davenport Assumption, Western Christian, and Ankeny Christian Academy walked away with state championships. For Liberty, Assumption and Ankeny Christian, it was the first state volleyball championship in program history.
And the Class 2A and 1A games, which were five sets each, were two for the ages.
That balance and talent is reflected in the 2022 Des Moines Register All-Iowa volleyball teams.
Lily Dykstra, Sr., Urbandale
Dykstra, a six-foot-tall winger, has been one of the best players in the state for the past three seasons. She helped her team reach the state tournament this season, averaging 5.4 kills and 2.3 digs per set and serving 87.4 percent. Dykstra will play for the University of Northern Iowa next season.
Libby Fandel, so. Cedar Rapids Xavier
Fandel, a six-foot-tall outside hitter, led the Saints to the Class 4A state championship and was named team captain at all tournaments. She averaged 4.1 kills and 2.4 digs and served 90.5 percent with 47 aces for the season.
Cassidy Hartman, Sr., Iowa City Liberty
Hartman, a 6-foot-1 outside/center hitter, led the Lightning to the Class 5A state championship that season, their first ever. Hartman, a UNI commit, averaged 5.0 kills and 4.0 digs this season and served 94.4 percent.
Payton Petersen Jr., Dike-New Hartford
Petersen, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter, led the Wolverines to the Class 2A state championship game where they lost a five-set thriller to Western Christian. Petersen, a University of Louisville commit, averaged 4.6 kills and 2.4 digs per set while serving 88.3 percent with 64 aces.
Katie Quick, so., Ankeny Christian Academy
Quick, a 5-foot-7 setter, was the spark plug for the Eagles’ run to the Class 1A State Championship. Quick averaged 8.3 assists, 1.9 kills, and 1.9 digs, served 89.8 percent, and led the state with 112 aces.
Ava Schubert, Sr., adoption of Davenport
Schubert, a six-foot-tall winger and dedicated Tennessee Tech, led the Knights to their first-ever state volleyball championship, winning Class 3A. She averaged 3.5 kills, 2.0 digs, and 0.6 blocks, and served 85.2 percent with 65 aces.
- Chloe Cline, Sr., Pleasant Valley
- Lily Dykstra, Sr., Urbandale
- Brooklyn Halbur, Sr., Waukee Northwest
- Cassidy Hartman, Sr., Iowa City Liberty
- Katie Remmert, Sr., Cedar Falls
- Jesa Wallace, Sr., Ankeny
- Bliss Beck, Jr., Clear Creek-Amana
- Libby Fandel, so., Cedar Rapids Xavier
- Avery Van Hook, Sr., Marion
- Abby Hayes, so., North Scott
- Ella Meyer, Sr., Western Dubuque
- Anna Strohmeier Jr., Lewis Central
- Willow Bleeker, Sr., Sioux Center
- Aubrey Gates, Sr., Union
- Gabby Lombardi Jr., Des Moines Christian
- Chloe Meester, so., Mount Vernon
- Madeleine Miller, Sr., Mount Vernon
- Ava Schubert, Sr., adoption of Davenport
- Sophia Armstrong, Sr., West Burlington
- Channing Johnson, Fr., Denver
- Payton Petersen Jr., Dike-New Hartford
- Molly Shafer, So., Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
- Abby VerBurg, Sr., Western Christian
- Stella Winterfeld, Sr., Western Christian
- Kennedy Breitfelder, Sr., Springville
- Gabby Deery, Sr., Burlington Notre-Dame
- Emma McClintock, Sr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck
- Katie Quick, so., Ankeny Christian Academy
- Brynn Smith, Sr., AGWSR
- Ava Wyatt, Sr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck
Matt Levins is a sports reporter for the USA Today Network in Burlington, Iowa who has been covering local sports at The Hawk Eye for 32 years. You can reach him at [email protected]