Top Eight Seeds All Advance to Bellevue West Invitational Championship Bracket
BELLEVUE – There was just a little bit of drama as to whether or not the top eight seeds in the 16-team Bellevue West Invitational would advance to Saturday’s single-elimination bracket, but in the end they all did. Where the…
BELLEVUE – There was just a little bit of drama as to whether or not the top eight seeds in the 16-team Bellevue West Invitational would advance to Saturday’s single-elimination bracket, but in the end they all did.
Where the real drama took place was in the matches that would determine the seeding for Saturday’s tournament.
Papillion-LaVista was able to hold on for a 25-22, 23-25, 25-23 win over crosstown rival Papillion-LaVista South in Pool D, while top-seeded Skutt Catholic needed three sets to get past Millard South to win Pool A and Millard North had to rally late to beat Western Christian in Pool C, winning the third set 26-24. Meanwhile, Omaha Marian avoided any drama, winning all three of its matches in straight sets to take Pool B.
Millard North, ranked #2 in Class A, had the most thrilling match of the even in its 25-17, 23-25, 26-24 win over Western Christian from Hull, Iowa. The Mustangs found themselves down 20-22 in the third set when Emmy Grant got a kill and Allie Kerns got an ace block to tie it at 22. The Wolfpack was then called for 4-contacts when a Western Christian players’ attack hit the net and rolled along the tape as everyone waited and watched until it slid down on the Wolfpack side and contacted a player to give Millard North a 23-22 lead.
Western Christian tied it at 23 on a kill by Olivia Granstra but another kill by Grant gave Millard North match point at 24-23. Western Christian again responded and tied it at 24 on a kill by Macay Van’t Hul. Grant’s 10th kill of match made it 25-24 Millard North and Paige Holdsworth ended a long rally – and the match – when she rolled a shot over the Western Christian block and down to the floor.
Grant had a team-high 10 kills for Millard North while Kerns and Molly Plahn each had seven. Holdsworth finished with six. Emma Altman had a team-high 16 digs and Izzy Lukens finished with 30 assists.
Here is the schedule for Saturday’s championship bracket:
9 a.m. – Skutt Catholic vs. Western Christian
9 a.m. – Millard North vs. Millard South
10 a.m. – Papillion-LaVista vs. Lincoln Southeast
10 a.m. – Omaha Marian vs. Papillion-LaVista South
Noon – Skutt Catholic/Western Christian winner vs. Papillion-LaVista/Lincoln Southeast winner
Noon – Millard North/Millard South winner vs. Omaha Marian/Papillion-LaVista South winner
2 p.m. – Semifinal winners