Freeman, Diller-Odell advance to state
Freeman and Diller-Odell both punched their tickets to the NSAA State Volleyball Tournament.
Freeman senior Kayla Haynes slammed 26 kills and added 11 assists in leading the No. 9 Falcons to a 25-18, 25-18, 17-25, 25-23 victory at Cross County. Haynes’ 26 kills came on 44 swings.
Freeman finished with 15 ace serves. Senior Rachel Buehler had seven of them, and Haynes had four. Kalee Wiltfong had 21 kills for the Cardinals.
Freeman has earned the No. 8 seed in Class C2 and will have a tall task ahead of them as they face No. 1 seed Superior (29-2). That match is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Lincoln Southwest High School.
Class D1 No. 6 Diller-Odell advanced to state with a 25-21, 24-26, 25-14, 25-18 win over Hartington-Newcastle in Columbus. Diller-Odell will be making its fourth trip to state in five years.
The Lady Griffins have earned the No. 6 seed in Class D1 and will play third-seeded Humphrey/LHF on Thursday. That match is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln East High School.
Meridian fell short in their quest to reach another state tournament. In a rematch of the last two Class D1 State Championship matches, Johnson-Brock defeated the Mustangs 25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 25-10
Nebraska commit Fallon Stutheit tallied 28 kills in the state-berth clinching win. Jadyn Hahn pitched in 12 kills to help the three-time defending state champ Eagles make a return trip to state.
“We have had a very interesting season,” coach Tera Stutheit said. “We knew we’d be a little slow starting just because we have a lot of new girls this year. But we have really came together this last part of the season.”
Meridian’s season comes to an end after posting a 19-13 record