Three Council Bluffs volleyball teams saw their seasons end in agonizing fashion, one step short of the state tournament.
The smallest school in its league, St. Albert (23-6) won the Hawkeye Ten Conference with a stirring, unbeaten run through the competition. The Saintes lost an electric five-setter to Treynor in a Class 2-A regional final.
Abraham Lincoln (31-10) improved from 23 wins in 2017 and placed third in the Missouri River Conference. The Lynx lost in straight sets to West Des Moines Dowling in a 5-A regional final.
Lewis Central (21-14) overcame a slow start to tie for third in the Hawkeye Ten at 7-3. The Titans won 20 of 24 before losing in straight sets to Bondurant-Farrar in a 4-A regional final.
And Thomas Jefferson followed last year’s 20-19 season with a solid 17-18 campaign before losing to A.L. in a regional opener.
The individual talent around the city was still at an extremely high level, meaning competition for a spot on The Daily Nonpareil’s All-City team was again fierce.
The squad features one three-time selection, St. Albert senior libero Maggie Wettengel, and three repeat honorees: Abraham Lincoln junior outside hitter Elaina Bohnet, St. Albert senior middle hitter Bailey White and Lewis Central junior outside hitter Megan Witte.
The five others are making their All-City debuts: Abraham Lincoln’s trio of setter Sam Christiansen, libero Taylan Keefer and middle hitter Julia Wagoner, all juniors, along with St. Albert sophomore outside hitter Allie Petry and Lewis Central junior middle hitter Delaney Esterling.