There will be a Mississippi Athletic Conference invasion at the state volleyball tournament next week.
After the conference failed to advance anyone to Cedar Rapids the past three seasons, the league had four teams get through Tuesday night during regional final action.
And it took every ounce of effort for three of the programs to prevail.
Pleasant Valley, Bettendorf and North Scott pulled out five-set victories, while Davenport Assumption had the easiest night with a sweep over Cascade.
“People kind of used to joke about the MAC,” North Scott coach Amy Schubert said. “I come from the Mississippi Valley Conference, and it was Valley, Valley, Valley everything.
“It speaks volumes. We’ve got good coaches in the MAC and the commitment is there from the kids, and they’re willing to put the time in to be a great team. For us to get four is amazing.”
PV, with its 33-match win streak, stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Cedar Rapids Washington at West Branch, while Bettendorf outlasted sixth-ranked Clinton at Davenport West.
North Scott, earning its first state tournament trip in 26 years, overcame a 2-1 hole to upend a pesky Maquoketa squad 15-12 in the fifth.
For Assumption, it punched a ticket to the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena for the first time in school history.
Bettendorf, PV and North Scott open state tournament play Nov. 7. Assumption takes the court Nov. 8.
“There’s a lot of good volleyball played in the Quad-Cities,” Bettendorf coach Diane Lichtenberg said, “and that just helps us every night to get prepared for a very good match.”