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Plans for the near future for Liberty High junior standout Cassidy Hartman include a third-consecutive trip to the state tournament, a return to the 5A title game and the first state championship in program history.
Before postseason play got rolling for the Lightning later this week Hartman made a decision for the slightly more distant future.
Hartman announced her verbal commitment to play volleyball at the University of Northern Iowa on Sunday with a post on social media.
“So excited to announce that I have verbally committed to UNI to continue my volleyball and academic career,” Hartman wrote on Twitter. “Go Panthers.”
Over the past three seasons Hartman has established herself as one of the premier players in the state while helping Liberty High emerge as one of the state’s top programs.
Hartman has led Liberty High in kills each of the past three seasons while helping the Lightning to a 90-10 record since 2019 and back-to-back state tournament appearances that included a Class 5A runner-up finish last season.
The 6-foot Hartman was an honorable mention all-state selection as a freshman in 2019 before earning elite all-state honors last season.
Hartman ranked fourth in 5A in both kills per set (4.4) and hitting efficiency (.360) as a sophomore last season leading Liberty High to a 24-3 record.
This season Hartman has been even better.
She ranks fourth in 5A in kills per set (4.2) and hitting efficiency (.354) leading Liberty High to a number one ranking in Class 5A and a 32-4 record.
Hartman has racked up a career-high 370 digs this season ranking second on the team and is also second on the team with 45 blocks and 21 ace serves.
In less than three full seasons Hartman has accumulated 956 kills and 645 digs.