CEDAR RAPIDS — The eight state qualifiers in Class 2A will go toe-to-toe next week to decide a champion, and seventh-seeded Van Buren finds its self in pretty good standing compared to the other seven teams. Going into the rumble, the Warriors are in the top half of the group in many offensive and defensive categories.
Van Buren hosts some of the best hitters in the field, so it’s no surprise that the Warriors are in the top three in kills per set. Van Buren has 12.13 kills per set this season, behind just fourth-seeded Osage (13.55) and No. 1 seed Western Christian (12.22). Beckman, the No. 2 seed and Van Buren’s first round opponent, is last among the eight teams with 10 kills per set.
Senior hitter Selena Sayre is one of the most dangerous players in the entire Class 2A field. She has 495 kills on the year, second-most in the field. Only Clarion-Goldfield-Downs junior Morgan Middleton (526) has more.
Right behind Sayre on that list is a player the Warriors will be seeing a lot of next Wednesday. Beckman Catholic senior Jada Willis has 474 kills on the year.
Van Buren’s block has bothered Southeast Iowa teams all year, and they find themselves third in the field in blocks per set. The Warriors average 2.86 blocks per set, just a hair above Beckman’s 2.85. Hudson leads the field with 3.16 blocks per set, and Western Christian averages 3.04.
At 6’3, it should be no surprise that Van Buren senior Taryn Scheuermann tops the entire Class 2A field with 1.04 blocks per set. She has a cool 100 blocks on the season, tied with Western Christian’s Macay Van’t Hul for first.
The Warriors are second in the field in assists, averaging 10.86 assists per set. Osage sits atop the group with 12.48. Beckman is all the way down in seventh, with 9.47.
Van Buren spreads the love around when it comes to assists, so the senior duo Logan Schmidt and Madison Bartholomew both find themselves in the top eight in assists per set. Schmidt averages 5.42, and Bartholomew averages 4.56.
Nobody is close to Osage junior Ellie Bobinet when it comes to assists. She averages a ridiculous 11.22 assists per set and is the only player in the field with over 1,000 total assists, sitting at 1,122.
Van Buren is also second in the field in digs, averaging 18.92 digs per set. Western Christian is the only team in the field over 20, with 21.01 digs per set. Beckman finds its self in the bottom in digs, with 11.02.
The top digger in the field is Van Buren junior Isabel Manning. She is just 11 digs away from 600 on the year, totaling out at 589 digs total and 6.14 digs per set. Teammate Grace Davidson is fourth in both digs (411) and digs per set (4.28).
When it comes to serve efficiency, Van Buren is once again in the top two. The Warriors are sitting at a .951 serve efficiency, second in the field. The Warriors are fifth in aces, with 234.
Wilton leads the field with a .953 serve efficiency. Osage is the only team over 300 aces, with 301.
Schmidt is the most dangerous ever in the field, tallying 85 aces on the year. That’s 14 more than Hudson’s Ashlynn Kuhn and Osage’s Paige Kisley, who are tied for second, with 71.
Will statistics breed wins when the state tournament gets underway? The world will know on Wednesday, Nov. 13 as the first round begins at 2 p.m.