Sports, Volleyball

No. 11 Wartburg sweeps Coe for IIAC championship

Wartburg players with the Iowa Conference championship trophy after Wednesday's sweep of Coe. --Sports Information

The No. 11 ranked Wartburg volleyball team capped off their dominating Iowa Conference regular season with a sweep of defending champion Coe in Cedar Rapids Wednesday to clinch the regular season conference championship.

The Knights only lost one set against Iowa Conference competition during the regular season.

Wartburg won each set by at least six points, taking sets one and two by a score of 25-18 and the final set by the final of 25-19.

Britlyn Sieck led the Knights with 14 kills while Maddie Forsyth added 10 and Bailey Wilson had eight.

No Kohawks had double figures in kills with Megan Barron’s seven leading the way.

The Knights out-blocked Coe, 8-4 and held a .273 to .031 advantage in attack percentage.

Wartburg has been favored to win the conference championship each of the past three seasons but had not lived up to expectations the previous two.

The Knights also receive the No. 1 seed and a first round bye in the Iowa Conference Tournament which begins next week.

All of Wartburg’s IIAC tournament matches can be heard on KWAR.

Before the tournament, Wartburg played in four matches at the Augustana Pumpkin Bash over the weekend:

Friday, 2 p.m.: No. 11 Wartburg (27-5) def. Concordia (Wis.) (8-20) 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-14)

Friday, 6 p.m.: No. 11 Wartburg (28-5) def. William Penn (25-13) 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-9)

Saturday, 2 p.m.: No. 11 Wartburg (29-5) def. Principia (17-13) 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-15)

Saturday, 4 p.m.: No. 11 Wartburg (30-5) def. Buena Vista (5-26) 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-8)

FINAL IOWA CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Wartburg (7-0, 30-5)

Coe (6-1, 20-12)

Loras (5-2, 15-17)

Dubuque (4-3, 15-19)

Luther (3-4, 14-16)

Central (2-5, 9-19)

Simpson (1-6, 12-22)

Buena Vista (0-7, 5-26)

IOWA CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

First Round: Tuesday, Oct. 30

No. 6 Central @ No. 3 Loras (7 p.m.)

No. 5 Luther @ No. 4 Dubuque (7 p.m.)

Semifinals: Thursday, Nov. 1

Central/Loras Winner @ No. 2 Coe (7 p.m.)

Luther/Dubuque Winner @ No. 1 Wartburg (7 p.m.)

Championship: Saturday, Nov. 3

TBA @ Highest Seed Remaining

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