LINCOLN – If you were looking for drama in the first round of the 2014 NSAA Volleyball Championships Thursday, the North court at Pinnacle Bank Arena was not the place to be.
All four of the Class A quarterfinals were 3-0 sweeps, with just a mild upset of #5 seed Millard West defeating #4 seed North Platte.
In the day’s first match in Class A, #2 seed Lincoln Southeast defeated #7 seed Lincoln North Star 25-21, 25-17, 25-22.
Meagan Roth led the Knights, 34-4, with 15 kills and three blocks in the match while Emma McKillip added 14 kills. The Knights also got nine kills from Zoe Prenda and senior setter Kylee Wurster had 45 assists, a match-high 17 digs, three kills and three ace serves.
For Lincoln North Star, which finished its season at 22-10, Ashley Kistaitis had a team-high 10 kills while Jenna Tederman and Katie Hitz had five kills each. Hitz also had seven blocks in the match while Kailee Brown had 26 assists and eight digs. Junior middle Sarah Allick, a Nebraska recruit, had held in check the entire match and finished with four kills and one block.
Omaha Marian, 35-7, then defeated Papillion-LaVista South, 25-16, in the next match by a score of 25-22, 25-20, 26-24. The win sets-up a 5 p.m. semifinal match on Friday between Omaha Marian and Lincoln Southeast. It will be the fifth time the two teams have played, with each having won twice.
Marian was led by Elizabeth Loschen’s 11 kills while Sophia Terwilleger had 10 kills, 18 digs and a team-high three blocks. Maren McGuire had 38 assists while Brittany Witt had a team-high 22 digs and Andie Hanus added 15.
Papillion-LaVista South got 14 kills and 13 digs from USC recruit Raegan LeGrand in the loss. Taliyah Flores finished with eight kills and 14 digs. Taylor Crandall finished the match with 23 assists for the Titans and Erin Warren had a team-high 20 digs.
Top-seeded and undefeated Papillion-LaVista then defeated Millard South 25-23, 25-18, 25-14 to improve to 41-0 on the season. The Monarchs are currently ranked #17 in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. With the loss, Millard South dropped to 26-13.
Priscilla O’Dowd led the Papillion-LaVista attack with 15 kills while junior outside hitter Katie Stephens added 14 kills and 15 digs. Elena Melendez had seven kills and 13 digs and senior setter Jess Peters finished with 35 assists and a team-high 17 digs.
Millard South got nine kills and 10 digs from Lauryn Hilger and eight kills and a block from Jamie Haiptman. Paxton Throne had 13 assists and 10 digs and Audrey Keim finished with a team-high 20 digs.
In the final Class A match of the night, Millard West used a strong surge to close the first set and rode that momenteum to a 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 win over North Platte. The win sends Millard West, 29-6, in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday against Papillion-LaVista. North Platte finishes its season at 30-6.
Millard West had a balanced attack, getting eight kills from Bridget Petersen, Alexy Woodward and Kira Shapiro. Cassidy Loberg had a team high three blocks while Tiffany Wentworth finished with 27 assists and Sydney Yong with 18 digs.
North Platte got 15 kills from junior Colorado State recruit Olivia Nicholson and 10 more from junior Allison Kuenle. Jessy Hunt added four kills and four blocks while Alex Neff had 31 assists and Hayley Schanou had 10 digs.
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In Class B Thursday night, it was all upsets except for when it came to top-seeded Omaha Skutt.
The Skyhawks ran their winning streak to 28 on Thursday with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-12 win over Lincoln Pius X in quarterfinal action.
Alyssa Woodman had 13 kills for the Skyhawks and Brooke Heyne had 12 while Claire Knust added 10. Pius X (20-20) was led by Claire McDermott’s five kills and 21 digs.
Omaha Skutt, 35-5, will face #5 seed Elkhorn in Friday’s semifinals after the Antlers rallied for a 23-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-13 win over #4 seed Grand Island Northwest.
Allison Hotvoy (12), Lauren Edet (11) and Nicole Skovsende (10) each had double-figure kills for the Antlers while Grace Nelson added 29 digs and Dani Carlson had 37 assists. Allison Beckmann had 10 kills to lead Northwest and Alexandra Carlini had 32 digs for the Vikings (26-7).
Defending Class B champion Norris also had to rally for a win as the #7 seed Titans defeated #2 seed Aurora 22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-20.
Maddy Bruder, a Northwest Missouri State recruit, had 25 kills and Furman recruit Kylie Hohlen added 19 to lead Norris, which also got 43 assists from Wayne State recruit Payton Ruhl and 26 digs from Jordyn Clauss. Kiley Hixson led Aurora with 15 kills and 27 digs while Allison Penner, a UNC-Greensboro recruit, had 32 assists and 21 digs. Logan Ohlson had 10 kills for the Huskies as well.
In the final Class B match of the night, #6 seed Gretna defeated #3 seed Elkhorn South 25-13, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13 to advance to the semifinals against Norris.
Wyoming recruit Halie McArdle had 22 kills and 18 digs to lead the Dragons while Amanda Young, a Colorado State recruit, had 10 kills and 27 digs. Sara Rahmanzai had 10 kills while Hanna Ehmke had 39 assists. Kelsey Green and Sophie Auch Moedy each had 13 kills for Elkhorn South and Ashley Knight added 40 assists.
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In Class C-1, Omaha Concordia defeated Grand Island Central Catholic 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 for its first state-tournament win in school history. Ohio State recruit Megan Wickey had 22 kills and Jenna Spellerberg had 43 assists. Emporia State recruit Emma Benton had 18 kills for Grand Island Central Catholic.
Wahoo scored one of the biggest upsets of the tournament with its 27-29, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 15-12 win over third-seeded Ogallala. Gabrielle Shannon had 16 kills for the Warriors and Taylor Homes added 14 kills and four blocks. Freshman setter Kinsley Tingelhoff had 54 assists. Kendall Schroer led Ogallala with 24 kills and 15 blocks.
Top-seeded Kearney Catholic cruised to a 25-6, 25-11, 25-21 win over Ashland-Greenwood. Kylie Thiele and Courtney Shundoff each had eight kills for Kearney Catholic and Allie Prososki had 34 assists.
In the final C-1 match of the night, Columbus Scotus scored a 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 win over Chadron. Kimberly Stutzman had 12 kills for Scotus and Maeghan Pieper added 10 while Morgan Thorson had 34 assists. Jadyn McCartney had 14 kills for Chadron.
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In Class C-2, top-seeded Crofton advanced with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 win over Southern Valley. Wayne State recruit Marian Wortmann had 20 kills and four blocks for undefeated Crofton and Allison Arens added 10 kills. Laura McInturf had 12 kills for Southern Valley.
Guardian Angels Central Catholic also advanced with a 25-10, 25-15, 25-17 win over Centura. Maddy Knobbe had 15 kills and five blocks for Guardian Angels and Jamie Petz added 41 assists. Hastings College recruit Casey Krolikowsku had seven kills and two blocks to lead Centura.
Freeman survived a scare from Sutton to take a 25-19, 24-26, 25-18, 25-10 victory. Marissa Haynes had 18 kills for the Falcons while Carley Remmers added 17 and Emily Lenners 12. Lenners added five blocks and Riley Dorn had 50 assists. Suttton got nine kills each from McKenna Griess and Megan Drudik.
Defending Class C-2 champion Hastings St. Cecilia defeated Elmwood-Murdock 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 and reach a semifinal match against Freeman, which will be a rematch of last year’s state final. Hastings College recruit Clare Hamburger had 17 assists, 12 kills and 12 digs for the Hawkettes and Lil Sheehy added 10 kills. Abigayle Meyer had 14 kills for Elmwood-Murdock and George Washington recruit Hanna Justesen had nine.
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In Class D-1, Ansley-Litchfield started the day with a 25-18, 25-9, 25-15 win over Brady. Lindsy Siegel led Ansley-Litchfield with 15 kills and Nicole Wardyn added 21 digs. Josie Palmer and Tara Callahan each had six kills for Brady.
Axtell advanced to the semifinals with a 25-12, 25-23, 25-14 win over Cedar Bluffs. Hannah Kring had 15 kills for Axtell and Ashley Snell added 29 assists. Cedar Bluffs was led by eight kills from Emilee Klahn.
O’Neill St. Mary’s pushed its winning streak to 53 witih a 25-13, 25-13, 25-15 win over Humphrey St. Francis. Sydney Hupp had 15 kills and 8 blocks for St. Mary’s and Riley Sibbel added 11 kills. Midland University recruit Mackenzie Wecker had 21 digs. Humphrey St. Francis got six kills from Holly Podliska.
Diller-Odell closed the night with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-15 win over Emerson-Hubbard. Madison Jurgens had 15 kills and 11 assists for the Griffins while Madison Hajek had 11 kills and 14 digs. Abby Drieling led Emerson-Hubbard with 12 kills.
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In Class D-2, defending champion Giltner was dominant in its quarterfinal match, defeating Crawford 25-12, 25-3, 25-12. Kelbie Lyon led Giltner with 13 kills and Chainey Tompkin had 10 kills and 11 service aces. Bryttnee Lemmon had four kills for Crawford.
Exeter-Milligan advanced to face Giltner with a 25-20, 25-11, 26-24 win over Wynot. Midland University recruit Amber Pribyl had 13 kills for the Timberwolves and Madison Horne added 11. Cortney Arkfeld led Wynot with 11 kills.
Top-seeded Stuart defeated Mullen 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 to advance to the semifinals. Harlee Fisc her had 13 kills and Monique Schafer eight for the Broncos while Jaden Schafer had 29 assists and 12 digs. Jessica Lovitt had seven kills for Mullen.
Lawrence-Nelson remained hot this postseason with a 25-17, 25-14, 15-25, 25-19 win over Bertrand. Cherokee Frahm-Thayer had 13 kills for Lawrence-Nelson and Kelsey Menke added 10. Mollie Kaps had 15 kills and 18 digs for Bertrand.