Central Nebraska Volleyball
Lady Whippets fall in state tourney
Minden competed in the C-1 state volleyball tournament on Thursday and the Lady Whippets had to battle a tough Wahoo team. Minden fell to Wahoo three sets to none and the set scores were 25-14, 25-21, and 25-16. For Minden, Jensen Rowse had 13 kills for the Lady Whippets. Minden finishes the season at 23-12.
Southern Valley falls in first round of state tournament
Southern Valley competed in the Nebraska state volleyball tournament on Thursday and the Lady Eagles didn't get the result they wanted. Southern Valley fell to Ceder Catholic three sets to none and the set scores were 25-16, 25-12, and 25-14. The Lady Eagles finish the season with a final record of 26-6.
Lady Vikings fall in state tourney
Bertrand competed in the D-1 state volleyball tournament on Thursday and the Lady Vikings were unable to win. The Lady Vikings fell to Johnson-Brock three sets to none and the set scores were 25-19, 25-9, and 25-17. Bertrand finishes the season with a final record of 20-10.
Hyannis knocks Elwood from state tournament
The Second-seed and 29-1 Hyannis Longhorns had a tough fight on their hands but withstood a strong effort from Elwood to advance with a three sets to one win Thursday at Lincoln Northeast High School.
The first set was an “instant classic” as the Longhorns outlasted the Pirates 28-26 despite a late surge by Elwood and Felicia Knoerzer who had seven kills and a service ace in the set.
The Pirates came back and dominated set two with 25-15 win. Knoerzer again came up big, this time with four service aces and four kills.
The large crowd at the home of the Rockets settled in for another marathon set. Both teams battled back and forth in set three. Typically, only separated by a point our two. Much of the time Elwood had the advantage. Eventually, Hyannis’ Mackenzie Anderson heated up with a block, a service ace and four kills to pace the Longhorns and give them a 29-27 win and a 2-1 set advantage.
Elwood jumped out early in the fourth set, but Jackie Schwaneback and Margaret Sararik were too much for the Pirates as Elwood succumbed 25-21.
Knoezer finished with 22 unofficial kills on the afternoon and six service aces. Elwood finishes the season with a record of 17-14 and their first every trip to state.
Lady Whippets are headed to Lincoln
Minden was the number one seed in their subdistrict, but they knew they would need to win out to make it to state. Minden began their week with a win over Wood River three sets to none and the set scores were 25-21, 25-17, and 25-18. Jensen Rowse led Minden with 19 kills. Minden then took down Kearney Catholic three sets to none and the set scores were 25-10, 25-19, and 25-20. Rowse led Minden again this time with 22 kills. Minden then had to battle Mitchell in sub-state and they took down the Lady Tigers three sets to one and the set scores were 25-17 Minden, 25-19 Mitchell, 25-14 Minden, and 25-13 Minden. Rowse had 22 kills to lead Minden. Minden will battle Wahoo on Thursday at 1:30 pm at Lincoln North Star High.
Holdrege falls to Hastings to end season
Holdrege battled Hastings on postseason play and the Lady Tigers got the better of the Lady Dusters. Hastings took down Holdrege three sets to one and the set scores were 25-20 Hastings, 25-22 Holdrege, 25-14 Hastings, and 25-17 Holdrege. Madyson Hamling led Holdrege with nine kills. Holdrege finishes the season with a record of 6-23.
Cozad finishes the season at 18-12
Cozad had to play in a play-in game to begin subdistrict play last Monday and they were able to take down Hershey in three sets. The set scores were 25-20, 25-11, and 27-25. Cozad then faced the number one seed in the subdistrict, that being Ogallala, and the Lady Haymakers fell three sets to none. The set scores were 25-19 Ogallala, 25-22 Cozad, 25-23 Ogallala, and 25-16 Ogallala. Cozad finished the year at 18-12.
Gothenburg falls in subdistrict final
Gothenburg competed in postseason play last week and they were unable to advance past the subdistrict final. Gothenburg first took down Chase County three sets to one and the set scores were 25-18 Gothenburg, 25-11 Chase County, 25-23 Gothenburg, and 25-18 Gothenburg. Arleigh Costello had 19 kills for Gothenburg. Gothenburg then fell to Ogallala three sets to none and the set scores were 25-16, 25-13, and 25-20. Gracie Stienike had eight kills for Gothenburg. Gothenburg finishes the year at 22-12.
SEM finishes season at 9-19
SEM began postseason play last week and the Lady Mustangs took their first match and then fell in their second one of subdistrict play. SEM first took down Elba three sets to none and the set scores were 25-9, 25-5, and 25-11. Ashley Schroeder had five kills for SEM. SEM then fell to Riverside three sets to none and the set scores were 25-9, 25-12, and 25-23.Erica Eaker led SEM with seven kills. SEM finishes the season at 9-19/
Southern Valley able to make it to Lincoln
Southern Valley began postseason play last week and the Lady Eagles were able to win their way for a spot in the state tournament in Lincoln this weekend. Southern Valley first took down Southwest three sets to none. The set scores were 25-17, 25-17, and 25-19. Cassi Bose led Southern Valley with nine kills. Southern Valley then took down Cambridge three sets to none and the set scores were 25-19, 27-25, and 25-20. Lauryn Samuelson had 12 kills for Southern Valley. The Lady Eagles then took on South Loup in sub-state and won three sets to one and the set scores were 25-21 South Loup, 25-17 Southern Valley, 25-20 Southern Valley, and 26-24 Southern Valley. Samuelson had 26 kills in the match. Southern Valley will be the eight seed and they will take on number one seeded Hartington CC on Thursday at 3:30 pm at Lincoln Southwest High.
Lady Pirates headed to State
Elwood came into the D2-8 subdistrict with a record of 14-13 and weaved their way to the state tournament next weekend. Elwood first took down Loomis three sets to none and the set scores were 25-14, 25-23, and 25-9. Elwood then beat Axtell threes sets to one in the subdistrict final. The set scores were 26-24 Elwood, 25-19 Axtell, 25-17 Elwood, and 25-12 Elwood. The Pirates upset Red Cloud on Thursday night 25-21, 13-25, 21-25, 27-25, 15-8 in the D2-4 District Final. The Pirates were playing in a District Final for a third straight year. Felicia Knoerzer led the Pirates with 26 kills and three ace serves. Hadley Martin added 14 kills. Manon Martin dished out 21 assists for the Pirates who are now 17-13 on the season and will play on Thursday at the state tournament in Lincoln against Hyannis. That match will be carried on KAMI Country Legends 100.1, KAMI 1580 and krvn.com.
Axtell falls in subdistrict final
Axtell began postseason play as they competed in the D2-8 subdistrict. Axtell first took down Wilcox-Hildreth three sets to none and the set scores were 25-20, 25-21, and 25-5. Caitlin Callan led Axtell with 13 kills. Axtell then faced Elwood and lost three sets to one. The set scores were 26-24 Elwood, 25-19 Axtell, 25-17 Elwood, and 25-12 Elwood. Callan had 10 kills as did Madisen Eckhoff had 10 kills also. Axtell finished the season at 20-9.
Eustis-Farnam falls in subdistricts
Eustis-Farnam competed in the D2-8 subdistrict last week and things didn't go the Lady Knights way. Eustis-Farnam fell to Wilcox-Hildreth and the set scores were 25-16, 25-10, and 25-13. Sammy Jack led Eustis-Farnam with three kills. Eustis-Farnam finished the season at 3-23.
Overton falls in district finals
Overton began the volleyball postseason last week and the Lady Eagles made a run but fell in the district final. Overton first took down Pleasanton three sets to none and the set scores were 25-19, 25-19, and 25-13. Gracie Grote finished the match with 10 kills for Overton. Overton then battled Ansley-Litchfield in the D1-10 subdistrict final and they won three sets to none and the set scores were 25-20, 25-19, and 25-18. Grote had nine kills for Overton. Overton moved onto battle Blue Hill in the district final and the Lady Bobcats won three sets to one. The set scores were 25-22 Blue Hill, 25-12 Blue Hill, 29-27 Overton, and 25-13 Blue Hill. Rachel Ecklund led Overton with 14 kills. Overton finishes the season at 27-5.
Lady Vikings headed to state
Bertrand competed in the D1-11 subdistrict last week and found success as they won their sub and the district and are headed to Lincoln. Bertrand first took down Arapahoe three sets to none and the sets scores were 25-8, 25-9, and 25-13. Halle Dahlgren led Bertrand with 16 kills. Bertrand then took down Alma three sets to none and the set scores were 25-20, 25-17, and 25-19. Cassidy Ryan had 12 kills for the Lady Vikings. Bertrand then had to battle Crawford in the district final and the Lady Vikings won three sets to none and the set scores were 25-6, 25-7, and 25-6. Dahlgren led Bertrand with 11 kills. Bertrand will face Johnson-Brock on Thursday, November 9th at 3:30 pm at Lincoln East High school.
Arapahoe falls in subdistricts
Arapahoe battled in the D1-11 subdistrict last week and the Lady Warriors took the first match and then fell in their second. Arapahoe first beat Medicine Valley three sets to none and the set scores were 25-17, 25-17, and 25-8. Melonie Meyers led Arapahoe with nine kills. Arapahoe then battled RPAC foe Bertrand and lost three sets to none and the set scores were 25-8, 25-9, and 25-13. Meyers had three kills for Arapahoe. They finished the season at 9-18.
Alma falls in subdistrict final
Alma competed in the D1-11 subdistrict last week and the Lady Cardinals took their first match but fell in the subdistrict final. Alma first took down Hitcock-County three sets to none and the set scores were 25-20, 25-13, and 25-13. Jaydn Heckenlively had 12 kills for Alma. Alma then fell to Bertrand in the subdistrict final and the Lady Vikings won three sets to none. The set scores were 25-20, 25-17, and 25-19. Heckenlively led Alma again with 12 kills. Alma finished the season at 11-18.
Elm Creek finishes year at 11-18
Elm Creek began subdistrict play last week and the Lady Buffaloes fell in the second round. Elm Creek first took down Twin Loup three sets to none and the set scores were 25-19, 25-11, and 25-14. Allie Bauer led Elm Creek with 11 kills. Elm Creek then battled Ansley/Litchfield and fell three sets to none and the set scores were 25-16, 25-22, and 25-14. Claire Cornell led Elm Creek with eight kills. Elm Creek finished the season with a final record of 11-18.
Minden takes two matches before subdistricts
Minden has found their stride late in the season and last week they were able to win two more matches. Minden first took down Chase County two sets to none and the set scores were 25-15 and 25-19. Jensen Rowse led Minden with 15 kills. Minden then took down McCook two sets to one and the set scores were 26-24 McCook, 25-20 Minden, and 25-19 Minden. Rowse led Minden again this time with 19 kills. Minden will face Wood River in the first round of the C1-10 subdistricts.
Axtell splits pair of matches
Axtell had two matches last week before subdistricts. Axtell began their week with a loss to Blue Hill two sets to one. The set scores were 25-21 Blue Hill, 25-22 Axtell, and 25-23 Blue Hill. Kenesaw was the next opponent for Axtell and the Lady Wildcats won two sets to none and the set scores were 25-13 and 25-20. Axtell is the number one seed and will play against Eustis-Farnam or Wilcox-Hildreth on October 30th.
Cozad splits pair of matches
Cozad had two matches last week and they split the contests. Cozad first took down Lexington three sets to none and the set scores were 25-16, 25-13, and 25-14. Cozad then fell to their rival Cozad in five sets. The set scores were 25-12 Gothenburg, 25-13 Gothenburg, 25-23 Cozad, 25-18 Cozad, and 15-11 Gothenburg. Cozad will face Hershey on October 30th in the first round of the C1-11 subdistrict.
Gothenburg takes down Cozad in five sets
Gothenburg and Cozad battled last week and it was a classic rivalry matchup as the contest went five sets in the favor of Gothenburg. The set scores were 25-12 Gothenburg, 25-13 Gothenburg, 25-23 Cozad, 25-18 Cozad, and 15-11 Gothenburg. Gracie Stienike had 24 kills to lead the Lady Swedes. Gothenburg finishes the regular season at 21-11 and will face Chase County on Monday, October 30th in subdistrict play.
SEM splits matches
SEM had two matches last week and the Lady Mustangs went 1-1 in those contests. Pleasanton was the first opponent for SEM and the Lady Bulldogs took down SEM two sets to none and the set scores were 25-13 and 25-17. Erica Eacker led SEM with eight kills. SEM did bounce back though, as they took down Elba two sets to none and the set scores in this match were 25-7 and 25-7. Lindsey Dittmar had four kills for SEM. SEM will face Elba again in subdistricts on Monday, October 30th.