CEDAR RAPIDS — Prior to this week, several prep volleyball programs throughout the state had earned wins at the Iowa Girls High School Volleyball Tournament.
Prior to this week, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont was not one of those programs.
That was prior to this week.
This week is over, as is the 2013 Iowa high school volleyball season. Teams will return to practice and return to the volleyball court for a new season next August with the same goal of making it to and winning at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids next November.
When next August rolls around, EBF won’t be one of those programs dreaming of one day succeeding at state. EBF will be one of those programs expecting to succeed at state.
“That’s the plan for next year,” sophomore Karlie Taylor said after earning a place on the 2013 Class 2A All-Tournament team with 43 kills, including a tournament-best 6.14 kills per game.
Some would say that the bar has been lifted to a fairly high place for the Rocket volleyball program. Head coach Gladys Genskow would say that’s nothing new for this team.
“It seems like the bar has risen all season long,” Genskow said. “The expectations were high this year with all the talent we had on the team. The expectations will be the same for us next year.”
It’s a level-headed approach for a team that made the program’s second trip ever to state a mission rather than a hope at the start of this year. EBF didn’t play like a team that was just simply grateful to have an opportunity to play with the top teams in Class 2A in 2013.
The Rockets went down playing like they belonged with the best teams in Class 2A. Six of seven returning starters should keep them among the best in the state next year as well.