State Volleyball: Champions crowned at Devaney
Millard North def. Pius X 25-21, 25-18, 25-20: Millard North won the Class A state tournament, defeating Pius X in the finals for its second title in three seasons. The Mustangs didn’t lose a single set through the entire tournament and finished the year on a 13-match win streak.
Skutt def. Elkhorn South 25-17, 25-21, 25-14: Omaha Skutt won its fourth straight Class B volleyball state championship with its win over Elkhorn South after the Skyhawks were defeated by the Storm in the sub-district round. Coach Renee Saunders inserted libero Megan Skovsende into the lineup and changed a few rotations after the loss. Three Skutt players recorded double-digit kills in the title match.
Wahoo def. Lincoln Lutheran 18-25, 25-20, 25-14, 21-25, 15-10: Wahoo won its second consecutive state championships when the Warriors defeated Lincoln Lutheran. Freshman Mya Larson, who sat on the bench last season as a team manager, led the Warriors with 24 kills in the title match.
Blue Hill def. Hartington Cedar Catholic 25-16, 25-21, 14-25, 26-24: Blue Hill trailed 19-10 in the fourth set, but went on a 16-5 run to secure its first-ever state title in volleyball. Rylee Kohmetscher led Blue Hill with a match-high 14 kills. Cedar Catholic was on the brink of forcing a fifth set up 24-22 before Blue Hill forced HCC into three straight hitting errors then Kohmetscher finished it with a match-winning kill.
Bergan def. Humphrey St. Francis 25-15, 25-18, 25-14: Archbishop Bergan finished the season with a 33-4 record, sweeping every opponent in its 33 wins. The Lady Knights only losses came to Class C-1 state finalist Lincoln Lutheran twice, C-1 fourth place team Wahoo Neumann twice and Omaha Concordia, another C-1 team.
BDS def. Ewing 21-25, 26-24, 25-21, 18-25, 18-16: BDS played its first five-set match of the year during the state championship game, and was able to come away with the victory. The Eagles led 14-11 in the second before the Tigers scored three straight and set up a back-and-forth final six points. A hitting error clinched the title.
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