Woodward-Granger advanced to the Class 2A Region 5 Semifinals with a 3-0 sweep of host South Hamilton Tuesday.
The win sets up a semifinal showdown against fifth-ranked South Central Calhoun (37-4) in Lake City Friday. The winner will face the victor of the other semifinal, which pits West Marshall against No. 9 Grundy Center. The Region 5 final is Nov. 6 in Webster City. All matches start at 7 p.m.
W-G won behind scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-15. The visiting Hawks trailed, 23-20, in the first game before Mary Hansen served five straight points — the final two on ace serves — to steal the win for the guests. They went on to close out the match with little trouble in the remaining two contests.
Abby Musser had 12 kills, Olivia McCune eight kills, Hansen six and Dalaney Bice and Bree Lesch three each for W-G. Maggie Bermel had 12 assists and Hansen 11, with Musser making eight digs, Lesch six, Tori Manning five and McCune three.
Lesch was 18-of-20 with four aces serving, with Hansen 15-17-5. McCune was 10-10-1 and Manning 8-9-1, with Musser 12-of-12 behind the line.
Abby Hansen had two blocks at the net, with Cailin Coker, Bice and McCune also adding blocks. W-G improved to 24-15 on the season while South Hamilton bows out at 12-15 overall.