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With post-season action getting underway this week, several high school volleyball teams from the Cedar Valley and northeast Iowa are considered strong contenders to win a state championship.

The final rankings of the 2021 season released on Monday feature 16 teams from the region. Half of those rated squads are members of the North Iowa Cedar League.

Defending Class 2A state champion Dike-New Hartford is the highest ranked among all of the them. The Wolverines (48-1) started and ended the season ranked at No. 1 is a heavy favorite to win the title again next month. Also ranked in the 2A survey is: Sumner-Fredericksburg (No. 5), Denver (No. 6), Wapsie Valley (No. 8), South Hardin (No. 10) and Grundy Center (No. 15).

The other NICL teams ranked are in Class 1A: Gladbrook-Reinbeck (No. 11) and AGWSR (No. 15). The poll also features Iowa Star Conference rivals Dunkerton (No. 9), Janesville (No. 10) and North Tama (No. 12).

Two area teams -- West Delaware (No. 2) and Independence (No. 15) -- are featured in the Class 3A rankings. Waverly-Shell Rock (No. 3 in Class 4A), Decorah (No. 12 in Class 4A) and Cedar Falls (No. 4 in Class 5A) are also considered to be among the best teams in their respective classes this year.


No.
School
Record
LW
1
Burlington Notre Dame
32-8
1
2
Gehlen Catholic
22-5
2
3
Springville
30-4
3
4
Lisbon
34-6
4
5
Holy Trinity Catholic
29-10
5
6
Ankeny Christian
30-3
6
7
Newell-Fonda
26-3
7
8
Council Bluffs St. Albert
17-12
8
9
Dunkerton
25-6
10
10
Janesville
21-15
9
11
Gladbrook-Reinbeck
25-13
11
12
North Tama
26-10
12
13
New London
24-13
13
14
Tri-Center
23-10
14
15
AGWSR
18-16
NR
Dropped Out: BCLUW (15)
No.
School
Record
LW
1
Dike-New Hartford
48-1
1
2
Wilton
33-2
2
3
Western Christian
35-5
5
4
Boyden-Hull
25-5
4
5
Sumner-Fredericksburg
32-6
6
6
Denver
33-7
7
7
Beckman Catholic
30-11
8
8
Wapsie Valley
23-11
9
9
Osage
25-9
10
10
South Hardin
33-5
3
11
Kuemper Catholic
24-10
11
12
Treynor
26-7
12
13
Ridge View
27-7
13
14
Hinton
19-7
NR
15
Grundy Center
27-15
15
Dropped Out: Missouri Valley (14)
No.
School
Record
LW
1
Davenport Assumption
31-4
2
2
West Delaware
37-5
1
3
Sheldon
24-5
3
4
West Liberty
34-4
7
5
Mount Vernon
31-12
6
6
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
27-6
8
7
Unity Christian
25-4
5
8
Des Moines Christian
33-6
4
9
Sioux Center
23-8
10
10
West Burlington
28-3
9
11
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
29-4
11
12
Roland-Story
28-7
12
13
Red Oak
27-9
NR
14
Cherokee
22-11
NR
15
Independence
27-12
14
 Dropped Out: West Lyon (13), Union (15)
No.
School
Record
LW
1
Western Dubuque
29-3
1
2
North Scott
28-4
2
3
Waverly-Shell Rock
40-7
3
4
Xavier
27-4
4
5
Marion
34-8
5
6
Oskaloosa
29-4
6
7
Pella
28-9
10
8
Bondurant-Farrar
30-7
8
9
North Polk
25-10
9
10
Glenwood
36-7
7
11
Clear Creek-Amana
27-11
11
12
Decorah
27-6
12
13
Indianola
25-14
13
14
Benton Community
23-14
NR
15
Humboldt
28-6
14
 Dropped Out: Winterset (15)
No.
School
Record
LW
1
Iowa City Liberty
32-4
1
2
Pleasant Valley
28-4
2
3
Ankeny
37-5
4
4
Cedar Falls
28-8
3
5
Dowling Catholic
25-12
5
6
Urbandale
31-8
7
7
Ankeny Centennial
28-9
6
8
West Des Moines Valley
23-14
10
9
Cedar Rapids Kennedy
23-10
8
10
Johnston
25-11
9
11
Cedar Rapids Prairie
21-13
11
12
Sioux City East
27-10
12
13
Iowa City High
19-14
13
14
Iowa City West
15-16
14
15
Bettendorf
16-13
NR
Dropped Out: Dubuque Hempstead (15)