All roads lead to Cedar Rapids for Notre Dame


Notre Dame High School players  celebrate  their Class 1A Region 8 final victory  over WACO High School, Wednesday Oct. 28, 2020 at Mount Pleasant.

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Notre Dame High School volleyball team has been riding a wave of emotion all season. 

Now, the Nikes will ride that wave all the way to the state tournament, and straight into the school history book.

The Nikes had to dig deep to polish off WACO, winning 25-22, 25-18, 25-15 in a Class 1A regional final on Wednesday night at Mount Pleasant High School.

Notre Dame (17-5), ranked 14th, will play second-ranked Wapsie Valley (20-7) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse in Cedar Rapids.

It is the Nikes’ first trip to the state tournament.

As the final kill of the match, a dump by junior setter Jenna Bentz, hit the court, the Nikes hit the court and the celebration was on.

And a season’s worth of emotions came pouring out.

“This just feels amazing. It’s such a good win,” said Notre Dame senior defensive specialist Kerrigan Belger, who had seven digs. “They’re a good team, but we wanted it so bad.”

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