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How three Iowans formed an all-black volleyball team and won a national title, all with the hope of inspiring young girls

Haley Eckerman often played alone on Iowa high school volleyball courts.
As a young black athlete, she rarely had African American role models or teammates. She saw her classmates at Waterloo East High, one of Iowa’s most diverse schools, select other sports.
“Especially in Iowa, where we play basketball or run track,” Eckerman said.

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