Bulldogs climb to No. 2 in rankings

Published 6:18 pm Thursday, September 29, 2011

LAKE MILLS, Iowa — The Lake Mills volleyball team moved up in the state rankings Wednesday for the first time this season.

The Bulldogs (29-0), who began the season ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, jumped to No. 2 following its North Iowa Conference championship-clinching win Tuesday over Forest City.

The Bulldogs leapfrogged Grundy Center (23-1), who fell to No. 4 following its first loss of the season. Dike-New Hartford (26-2) moved up a spot to No. 3.

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The Bulldogs and top-ranked Western Christian (23-0) are the only two undefeated teams left in any class. Western Christian beat Lake Mills in the state finals last season and have been equally as dominant this year, dropping only three sets all season.

The Class 2A Region 6 pairings released Friday have the Bulldogs matched up against Osage in the first round on Oct. 18 in Lake Mills.

The regional quarterfinals will also be held in Lake Mills with the semifinals in Manly and the finals in Charles City.

The only other ranked team in the Region 6 bracket is No. 5 Sumner-Fredricksburg, who the Bulldogs beat last season in the regional finals in Clear Lake to advance to the state tournament.

Class 2A rankings

1. Western Christian 23-0

2. Lake Mills 29-0

3. Dike-New Hartford 26-2

4. Grundy Center 23-1

5. Sumner Fredricksburg 19-1

6. Mediapolis 22-1

7. Pella Christian 19-3

8. Sheldon 22-3

9. West Branch 22-2

10. Edgewood-Colesburg 17-1

11. West Liberty 15-4

12. Roland-Story 13-3

13. Gilbert 20-5

14. West Burlington 15-1

15. Clarinda 15-5