CEDAR RAPIDS — The 2018 volleyball season came to an end for the Starmont Stars with Wednesday’s Class 1A quarterfinal round loss to the Tripoli Panthers, 25-21, 19-25, 21-25, 21-25, at the state volleyball tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Coach Robert Goedken’s Starmont squad, playing in the state tourney for the fourth time in school history and third consecutive time, ended its season at 29-7.
Winning the first set made history for the program, as it was the Stars’ first-ever set win in state competition.
Tripoli (24-15 for the season) moved on to today’s 6 p.m. semifinal battle against No. 1-ranked Janesville.
The Panthers had a 52-40 edge in kills for the match, led by Zoe Semelroth with 25. She had a kill efficiency rating of .276.
Brianna Lobeck also reached double digits in kills with 11.
Hayley Goedken paced Starmont with 13 kills, while hitting at a .343 percentage.
Madilyn Vaske added 10 kills, while Isabel Johanns collected six, Vanessa Hamlett three and Regan Janssen one.
Setter Sadie Bobst of the Panthers dealt out 46 assists in the match.
Janssen garnered 35 assists for the Stars, while Goedken chipped in with one.
Tripoli had a decisive 12-2 edge in service aces, including three each by Bobst, Semelroth and Addi Franzen.
Macy Mommer and Katie Berry had the serving aces for the Stars.
Four Tripoli players reached double figures in digs, as Samara Harms had 27, Lobeck 14, Olivia Miller 13 and Franzen 11.
Goedken paced the Stars with 21 digs, followed by Mommer 15, Madilyn aske 14 and Berry 10. Janssen chipped in with eight digs, followed by Mallory Vaske six and Hamlett and Johanns four each.
Tripoli had a 10-1 edge in total blocks, paced by Semelroth with four.
Johanns collected the lone block for Starmont.