Northeast Nebraska Volleyball
The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays are 2-0 at the Mid-State Conference Tournament so far, knocking off Wayne 3-1 at Pierce on Monday, and Hartington Cedar Catholic 3-0 in Battle Creek on Tuesday.
GACC lost set one to the Blue Devils 25-17, but bounced back to win set two 25-21, set three 25-23, and set four 25-22.
Maddie Knobbe recorded 14 kills, 10 blocks, and 9 digs while Riley Throener had 10 kills. Ally Plagge notched 18 digs while Lisa Gatzemeyer totaled 13. Kali Stratman added 9 digs and 28 set assists.
The Bluejays won set one over the Trojans 25-19, and took set two 25-18, and set three 25-15.
Knobbe paced GACC (14-9) with 19 kills and 7 digs while Tessa Simonsen registered 8 digs. Stratman dished out 20 set assists.
Head Coach Kate Hagemann.
"Done a really nice job the last couple weeks of finishing sets, and that's something we didn't do very well early in the season and why some of those wins got away from us, but we found a way the last couple of weeks and that's great for our confidence."
"As a coach you tell them everyday just get a little bit better, and let's play our best volleyball at the end of the season. And we've gone through some ups and downs, and they're finding their stride right now, and playing with a lot of confidence. So I'm really happy for them. And after the game I said what do we think and they said we're going to find a way to win it on Thursday too." Hagemann said.
The Warriors just swept GACC 3-0 in Crofton a couple of weeks back.
Hagemann says things won't be easy.
"It'll be tough, it's going to be a battle, but this team, we're capable of doing it if we just keep improving."
I agree with that statement 100%. I think the Bluejays are playing at whole new level right now, and have turned the corner.
Crofton beat Pierce 3-1 on Tuesday to punch their ticket to Thursday's championship match.
GACC appears to have a lot of confidence right now. Saying they're going to find a way to win on Thursday shows how much this team believes in themselves.
It's amazing...the Bluejays have had some uncharacteristic struggles and losses this season, yet here they are at the end of the regular season playing their best volleyball.
GACC really couldn't ask for much more right now. The Bluejays have a chance to win the Mid-State Conference Tournament despite all the losses they've compiled this season.
I agree with the players in that GACC is going to win it on Thursday. I think the Bluejays are going to find a way to get the job done.
This is no disrespect at all to the Warriors because Crofton is a great team, but I don't know of many teams in Classes C-2 through D-2 that could beat GACC right now the way they are playing.
Confidence leads to success, and this Bluejays' team is about as confident as any volleyball team in the area right now.
GACC has to feel pretty darn good about themselves if they can beat the Warriors on Thursday.
The North Bend Central Tigers knocked off Stanton 2-1 and Logan View 2-0 at their home Triangular on Tuesday.
The Tigers defeated the Raiders 25-8 in set one and 25-10 in set two.
North Bend Central took set one from the Mustangs 25-14, and won set three 25-17 after dropping set two 25-20.
What a great job the Tigers did on Tuesday. North Bend Central took care of business and played up to their capabilities, which is a really good sign.
The Tigers (24-2) host Madison (3-24) in the regular season finale Thursday night.
The Dragons won 2-0 over St. Edward, but lost 2-0 to Riverside at the Riverside Triangular on Tuesday.
Thursday night's meeting marks the first meeting of the season between the two teams.
I honestly don't see North Bend Central having much trouble with Madison at all.
It should be a quick match that ends in a sweep for the Tigers.
With it being the last ever home match for the seniors it would be a good chance to get all the seniors a good chunk of playing time.
This match and this night really is all about the seniors and what they have done for this program over the course of the last four years.
North Bend Central has accomplished so much this year and I feel the Tigers are primed and ready to make a run at state, but everyone needs to be on board with Thursday's plan and play well.
The underclassmen should be happy for their senior classmates, and cheer them on from the bench if they're a varsity player, or from the stands if they're just on JV or below.
This should be a very special night for all involved, and I look for North Bend Central to play a good match and take care of business the way they are capable of.
I'm sure emotions will be running high, especially at the beginning of the match, and I'm guessing that might affect the Tigers' play a little bit, but it shouldn't be anything North Bend Central can't overcome.
The Tigers are mature enough to be able to control and handle their emotions I would think, and should be able to mentally prepare themselves for how they are going to feel on Thursday.
What could be a very memorable postseason lies ahead for North Bend Central, and the Tigers need to continue to play well and enjoy the ride.
North Bend Central has to do their best to stay in the moment and not get too ahead of themselves because once things are over, they are over.
The Stanton Mustangs went 1-1 at the North Bend Central Triangular on Tuesday, sweeping Logan View 2-0, but losing 2-1 to the host Tigers.
North Bend Central won set one 25-14 and set three 25-17 while Stanton won set two 25-20.
Bree Burtwhistle posted 10 kills, 7 digs, and 14 set assists while Jessie Brandl notched 8 killls. MacKenzie Brandl registered 18 digs. Katie Brandl added 9 while Makenna Espinoza dished out 16 set assists.
The Mustangs took care of the Raiders 25-10 in set one, and 25-21 in set two.
Burtwhistle registered 9 digs and 10 set assists.
I thought Stanton played pretty good Volleyball on Tuesday. I think the Tigers were simply the superior team in that match.
The Mustangs (24-6) host Twin River (17-12) Thursday night in the team's regular season finale.
The Titans lost 3-1 at Wisner-Pilger last Tuesday night.
The two teams have met twice already this season with Stanton beating Twin River 2-1 at the Scotus Invitational and 2-0 at the Stanton Tournament.
These girls and teams are certainly no stranger to one another, and should know what to expect from one another.
I think the Mustangs have a good chance to beat the Titans for the third time, it's just never easy to beat a team three times in a season.
If there's a team that can beat a team three times in a year though it is Stanton.
It would be a big deal for the Mustangs to win with it being the final time Stanton's seniors will ever play on their home floor.
This team no doubt has aspirations for big things in the postseason, and the Mustangs certainly are capable of making another postseason run, but Twin River is the only opponent Stanton should be concerned with at the moment.
Every match counts for the wildcard point standings, and the Mustangs should understand the importance of continuing to win matches should they need a wildcard to get into the state tournament.
Challenging matches lie ahead for Stanton without a doubt so the Mustangs need to win this one against the Titans to give them a boost of confidence and momentum for the postseason.
Sub District pairings come out on Thursday so Stanton will know for sure who they play first in the postseason at that time.
The Mustangs definitely want to be focused for the postseason, but only after they play Twin River.
Stanton should only be worried about the Titans until after Thursday's match. At that time the Mustangs need to get ready to crank up the intensity and play for the postseason.
I'm sure Thursday night will be very emotional for these girls with it being their final match at home this season, but they have to do their best to not let their emotions get the best of them and affect their play.
The North Bend Central Tigers won the East Husker Conference Tournament and swept Howells-Dodge to make it 4-0 in their last four matches.
North Bend Central swept Clarkson/Leigh 2-0 in the EHC Tournament at home last Thursday night, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family on Saturday in Wisner before downing Stanton 3-1 for the championship, also on Saturday.
The Tigers downed the Jaguars 3-0 at home Tuesday night.
North Bend Central defeated the Patriots 25-17 in set one, and 25-19 in set two.
The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 25-15 in the opening set, and 25-12 in the closing set.
The Tigers won set one 25-21 before Stanton took set two 25-23. North Bend Central won sets three and four 25-19.
Fresh off their East Husker Conference Tournament Championship, North Bend Central beat Howells-Dodge in straight sets at home Tuesday night, winning set one 25-20, set two 25-21, and set three 25-14.
Head Coach Amy Sterup says her team showed no ill effects from Saturday's Championship.
"We did alright. Coming off of the Conference Tournament they were tired in practice so I was a little worried, but they came out and played their game and they did alright."
Kristin Lux paced the Tigers (22-2) with 18 kills. Brooke Fredrickson added 15 while Jacki Minarick totaled 9.
Sterup says her team was on top of their game in the conference tournament. "The girls played well in the conference tournament. They knew it was going to take determination and playing at the top of their game. The played as a team and didn’t play on a rollercoaster. The team had talked before the finals to make sure they stayed focused and not let errors get the best of them."
North Bend Central is off until Tuesday when they host Stanton (23-5) and Logan View (3-25) in a Triangular.
The Mustangs swept Lutheran High Northeast 3-0 on the road Tuesday night while the Raiders fell 2-0 to Wisner-Pilger and Scribner-Snyder at their home Triangular on Thursday.
Sterup says it's going to take a repeat effort to beat Stanton again. Playing a game like we did with them in the conference finals. Staying focused and working as a team."
The Tigers shouldn't have much trouble beating Logan View, but the Stanton match figures to be very challenging.
The Mustangs have Jessie Brandl back, and are hoping to be at full strength.
Stanton at full strength is better than what the Mustangs showed and brought on Saturday.
I fully expect Stanton to challenge and push North Bend Central, and I would be very surprised if this match didn't go 3 sets, but I do expect the Tigers to win.
I think North Bend Central has proven they are a step or two above the rest of the conference.
North Bend Central has their sights set on big things in the postseason no doubt, and I think this match with the Mustangs will help prepare the Tigers for the type of competition they are going to see in sub districts, districts, and state if North Bend Central makes it that far.
I don't think there's any doubt the Tigers are a better team this year than they were last year.
That's a testament to how hard these girls have worked and how dedicated they are to the sport.
Challenges, including this match with Stanton, lie ahead, but the more tough tests North Bend Central passes, the better chance they will have to make and do some damage at state.
Right now it's not looking like the Tigers will get a berth into the state tournament with a wildcard so it could be a case where North Bend Central has to win a district final to reach state.
Sterup says her team has done a good job of staying tuned in and being focused. "The season has been about making sure we control our game on our side and not let minor errors get them down on the court. And no matter what stick together as a team and don’t let outside stuff mess with their team when they walk into the gym."
There's still some time before it comes down to that for the Tigers as North Bend Central has plenty of work to do before then so the biggest thing for the Tigers is continuing to improve and grow as a team and unit.
The Stanton Mustangs are 4-1 in their last four matches, defeating Madison 2-0 and Wisner-Pilger 2-1 last Thursday at home in the East Husker Conference Tournament, and Howells-Dodge 2-1, but losing 3-1 in the Championship to North Bend Central on Saturday in Wisner.
Stanton swept Lutheran High Northeast 3-0 on the road Tuesday night.
The Mustangs downed the Dragons 25-17 in set one, and 25-11 in set two.
Bree Burtwhistle had 8 kills and 11 set assists while MacKenzie Brandl notched 8 digs. Makenna Espinoza dished out 10 set assists.
The Gators won set one 25-12 before Stanton took sets two and three 25-16 and 25-22.
Hannah Heppner totaled 11 kills while Burtwhistle registered 8 kills, 17 digs, and 15 set assists. Brandl posted 27 digs with Espinoza adding 10 digs and 9 set assists. Katie Brandl contributed 7 digs.
The Jaguars won the first set 25-18 before the Mustangs came back to win set two 25-13 and set three 26-24.
Burtwhistle posted 17 kills and 15 set assists while Jessie Brandl had 12 kills. MacKenzie Brandl posted 26 digs while Katie Brandl compiled 15. Espinoza recorded 10 digs and 18 set assists. Allie Spence chipped in 7 digs.
The Tigers won set one 25-21 before Stanton took set two 25-23. North Bend Central won sets three and four 25-19.
Jessie Brandl put down 15 kills while Hannah Heppner totaled 12. Burtwhistle recorded 11 kills, 7 digs, and 20 set assists. MacKenzie Brandl and Katie Brandl notched 18 and 16 digs, respectively, while Espinoza dished out 16 set assists.
The Mustangs defeated the Eagles 25-21 in the first set, 25-22 in the second set, and 26-24 in the third set.
Heppner registered 15 kills while Jessie Brandl and Burtwhistle posted 12 apiece. Burtwhistle added 23 digs and 18 set assists while MacKenzie Brandl contributed 18 digs and 10 assists while Kiley Wiedeman and Katie Brandl totaled 9 and 8 digs, respectively. Espinoza compiled 15 set assists.
Head Coach Tracy Kuester-Burtwhistle says LHNE made her team work hard.
"The match against LHNE was a very competitive match. LHNE played some great defense on us which made us utilize all of our hitters, and keep that composure doing some long volleys. It was a good win for us."
Kuester-Burtwhistle says it's nice to have Jessie Brandl back, even though she's limited.
"Jess is only playing 3 rotations at this time for the Mustangs. We never want players out for illness and feel the team did a good job of stepping up during her absence, it was a learning curve. Having Jess back gives us again more options in our offense."
Stanton (23-5) takes on North Bend Central (22-2) and Logan View (3-25) at the North Bend Central Triangular on Tuesday.
The Tigers swept Howells-Dodge 3-0 at home this past Tuesday night while the Raiders lost 2-0 to Wisner-Pilger and Scribner-Snyder at their home triangular on Thursday.
Kuester-Burtwhistle says she hopes her team is at full strength and executes against NBC. "
North Bend on Tuesday we are excited to match up again. During conference our starting Middle Sally Brechbill did not play due to illness, so we are hoping to have all our starters back by Tuesday. We will need to continue to be aggressive blockers and attackers. Also, we will need to clean up our serve receive so we are not playing so many 2nd contacts out of system and we will be adjusting our defense slightly."
Kuester-Burtwhistle adds it will be nice to be at full strength, but everyone needs to work together like they did in Jessie Brandl's absence.
"Our philosophy is that not one player makes a team and feel our team has done a great job of adjusting to adversity over the last 3 weeks. Having all starters back on Tuesday we are excited to see the possibilities. However, we will need all players playing their role to continue to add the 'w' to our record."
I expect Tuesday night's match against the Tigers to be tight. I don't think Stanton will have much trouble defeating Logan View.
The match being in North Bend makes it a really tough draw for the Mustangs though.
Stanton is definitely capable of winning, and I think this match will go three sets.
It's too bad the two teams couldn't play the best of five again because I think these two teams are too good for things to be decided in three sets.
I give North Bend Central the edge with the match being on their home floor, but it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the Mustangs found a way to win.
Stanton appears to be playing their best Volleyball of the season at the right time.
The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays are 2-1 in their last three matches, falling 3-0 at Crofton last Thursday night before downing David City Aquinas 3-1 on the road Monday night, and Norfolk Catholic 3-0 on the road this past Tuesday night.
The Warriors defeated the Bluejays 25-17 in the first set, 25-20 in the second set, and 25-16 in the third set.
Maddie Knobbe had 10 kills and 9 digs while Kali Stratman added 10 digs and 17 set assists. Ally Plagge and Allie Knobbe notched 8 and 7 digs, respectively.
The Bluejays won set one over the Monarchs 25-16 before dropping set two 25-23. GACC took set three 25-22 and set four 25-16 to close out the match.
Head Coach Kate Hagemann says her team played pretty well.
"I was pretty happy with our overall play. I was a little frustrated we let set two get away. We've just had some of those sets lately where we get to 22, we get to 23, and we're just not able to finish. And postseason we want to be able to get that cleaned up, but I thought we kind of overcame some mental hurdles there in set three. We got down by 1 there late in the game, and then we're able to score three or four straight to finish the set."
Maddie Knobbe paced the Bluejays with 29 kills and 12 digs. Stratman totaled 12 digs and 33 set assists. Allie Knobbe posted 8 digs while Plagge recorded 7.
GACC downed the Knights 25-14 in set one, 25-9 in set two, and 25-18 in set three.
Maddie Knobbe finished with 14 kills while Plagge and Allie Knobbe registered 14 and 7 digs, respectively. Stratman dished out 25 set assists.
The Bluejays appeared to get back on track some this week. Hopefully for GACC they can get on a roll heading into sub districts.
The Bluejays (12-9) take on Wayne (18-9) in the first round of the Mid-State Conference Tournament in Pierce on Monday.
The Blue Devils downed GACC 3-1 at home on September 13th. Wayne won 3-1 at home over Lutheran High Northeast last time out on Thursday.
The Blue Devils are a very strong team, and it's going to take the Bluejays' best effort and then some for GACC to come out on top.
The Bluejays definitely have a tough draw and their work cut out for them.
This conference is tough just like any other year, and GACC is still a quality team that is capable of knocking off anyone they play in this tournament.
It would be nice from the Bluejays' standpoint to gain some consistency.
GACC has been kind of up and down this year, and every time it looks like they're getting on track and getting ready to go on a winning streak, they have a hiccup or two.
Time is running out for the Bluejays to be a consistently good team.
GACC is definitely capable of getting on a big winning streak, and riding that momentum to state, but the Bluejays have to start playing the way they can.
The field is stacked in this conference tournament. There aren't going to be any gimmie matches for GACC, at least in the winners' bracket.
With that said, I look for the Bluejays to build off of this week's wins and have a good showing on Monday and throughout the rest of this tournament.
I wouldn't be surprised if GACC challenged for the championship or found a way to win it.
It's that time of year where the Bluejays are looking to play their best Volleyball, and perhaps GACC is starting to do that just a little bit.
Maddie Knobbe, Stratman, Plagge, and Allie Knobbe need to keep doing what they've been doing for the Bluejays.
These four have played very well for and led GACC lately, and their contributions have meant everything to this team.
Monday's match is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. in Pierce.
The Emerson-Hubbard Pirates went 1-1 at the Hartington-Newcastle Invite on Saturday, losing 2-0 to Cedar Bluffs, but beating Wausa 2-0. Emerson-Hubbard lost 2-0 to Hartington-Newcastle and Winside at the Winside Triangular on Tuesday.
The Pirates downed the Vikings 25-11 in the first set, and 25-21 in the second set.
Cedar Bluffs beat Emerson-Hubbard 25-15 in set one, and 25-7 in set two.
Hartington-Newcastle defeated the Pirates 25-20 in the first set, and 25-15 in the second set.
Winside knocked off Emerson-Hubbard 25-13 in set one, and 25-20 in set two.
Despite the losses, I thought the Pirates competed well. Emerson-Hubbard pushed Winside and Hartington-Newcastle in a set, and that looks like progress to me.
The Pirates (3-21) take on Ponca (24-2) in the first round of the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament on Saturday in Ponca.
The Indians topped Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 3-0 at home Tuesday night.
Ponca has beaten Emerson-Hubbard three times this season, all in sweeps.
It's never easy to beat a team four times in one season, but it appears the Indians are in pretty good shape to do just that.
With that said, I think the Pirates can compete with Ponca in a set or two, and maybe even take a set this time around.
Emerson-Hubbard is improving, I just don't think the Pirates are to a point yet where they can knock off a team like the Indians.
I just don't think Emerson-Hubbard is ready to beat Ponca.
Still though the Pirates can't back down from or be intimidated by the Indians.
Emerson-Hubbard has to believe they can win, and trust one another.
The Pirates have to communicate on the court, and be good judgers of if balls are going to be in or out.
Emerson-Hubbard has to remain scrappy, and fight and claw until the very end of matches.
The Pirates have to limit service and hitting errors. It's important for Emerson-Hubbard to hit, pass, block, serve, and serve receive well.
I look for the Pirates to play some good Volleyball in this tournament, and continue to improve.
Emerson-Hubbard isn't anywhere near where they want to be I'm sure, but I believe this team is slowly getting better.
The Pirates just have to keep making strides and continue to take steps in the right direction.
Emerson-Hubbard has to do their best to not have any major setbacks from here on out.
What I mean by major setbacks is not being competitive in matches. The Pirates need to compete at the very least against everyone in this tournament and throughout the rest of the season.
Saturday's match against Ponca is set to start at 3:00 p.m.
The Winnebago Indians fell 2-0 to Wakefield at their home Triangular Thursday night.
The Trojans won set one 25-13, and took set two 25-10.
I thought the Indians could be more competitive, but they just couldn't get it going against Wakefield.
Winnebago gets ready for the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament, which begins on Saturday.
The Indians take on Bloomfield (2-19) in Wynot.
The Bees lost 2-0 to Madison and Elkhorn Valley at the Bloomfield Triangular on Thursday.
Winnebago should be able to knock off Bloomfield, but Wynot awaits the winner.
The most important thing for the Indians is to play a clean, flawless match against the Bees in order to prepare for the difficult match with the Blue Devils.
Winnebago definitely has a tall task in front of them, but if the Indians can play a good match against Bloomfield, they may have a chance to be competitive against Wynot.
We're getting to that time of year where anything can happen and upsets occur so Winnebago has to play optimistic Volleyball, and believe they can play the role of spoiler.
It has been a tough season so far for the Indians without a doubt, but perhaps Winnebago can make some noise in this conference tournament.
It's never too late for a team to get things going, and I think the Indians are capable of winning a few matches in this conference tournament.
Winnebago is going to have to play a lot better than they did against Wakefield, but the Indians are definitely capable of doing that.
Winnebago simply has to learn how to win away from home.
The Indians only have one win on the road or at neutral sites so that has to change for Winnebago if they want to be successful in this tournament.
The Indians have to be up to the challenge of competing at a high level if they want to do well Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday.
It would be a big deal for Winnebago to find success in this tournament and get their season on track.
It's one of the Indians' last chances to get things going so it's important for Winnebago to do well and play at a high level in this tournament.
With sub districts right around the corner now is the time to start playing well if you are the Winnebago Indians.
First serve between Winnebago and Bloomfield is set for 2:00 p.m.
The Tekamah-Herman Tigers are 3-2 in their last five matches, losing 2-0 to Clarkson/Leigh on Thursday at the East Husker Conference Tournament in North Bend, and 2-0 at BRLD on Saturday in Wisner, but beating Pender 2-1, also on Saturday in Wisner.
Tekamah-Herman topped Fremont Bergan and Scribner-Snyder 2-0 at their home Triangular Tuesday night.
The Patriots defeated the Tigers 25-13 in the first set, and 25-21 in the second set.
The Wolverines knocked off Tekamah-Herman 25-18 in set one, and 25-16 in set two.
The Tigers downed the Knights 25-23 in the opening set, and 25-22 in the decisive set.
Tekamah-Herman beat the Trojans 25-21 in set one, and 25-18 in set two.
Tekamah-Herman heads into Thursday's home match with Howells-Dodge winners of four out of their last six. Head Coach Becky Rennerfeldt says her middle hitters have made all the difference.
"Our middle hitters are our main hitters, and they get a lot of kills for us. Our outside hitters, they're working hard to just play really good defense. But both our middle hitters, Liz Dlouhy and Marin Jetensky, are playing really well."
12-16 Tekamah-Herman hosts 21-5 Howells-Dodge in High School Volleyball Action Thursday night on 107.9 the Bull. Rennerfeldt says she expects the Jaguars to be tough even though they've struggled lately.
"Yeah I talked to a few coaches about that at a meeting, and they seem to be maybe in a slump, but they're playing good teams too when they've lost this year. So they're always a good team. They always come to Tekamah-Herman ready to play. And we know that it's going to be a really tough game for us, but one that we're hoping that we can compete in."
The Jaguars have dropped three in a row.
Howells-Dodge's losses have been to good teams as Rennerfeldt said though so the Jaguars are certainly capable of beating the Tigers.
Howells-Dodge's losses in that stretch are to Stanton, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, and North Bend Central.
With that said, Tekamah-Herman has been playing very well lately, and I think the Tigers have a shot to knock off the Jaguars.
I would say some of Howells-Dodge's recent struggles have been due to the competition, but also the Jaguars not being ready to play, at least in the Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family match.
With that said, if the Jaguars aren't ready to play and aren't on top of their game against the Tigers, then I think Tekamah-Herman can win.
I think the Tigers can win regardless of how well Howells-Dodge plays, but I think the chances would be better if the Jaguars had another off night.
It's senior night for Tekamah-Herman, and I look for the Tigers to come out and play inspired.
I look for Dlouhy and Jetensky to have big matches for Tekamah-Herman, and lead this team like they always do.
Howells-Dodge, particularly their middle blockers, aren't that tall so it will be interesting to see if Dlouhy and Jetensky can have success against the likes of Sam Brester, Hailey Eikmeier, and Grace Dvorak.
It's Pink Out Night, and I look for the Tigers to play well and be very competitive against the Jaguars.
First serve is set for 7:15 p.m. on the Bull.
The Howells-Dodge Jaguars are 2-3 in their last five matches, beating Logan View and West Point-Beemer 2-0 on Thursday at home in the East Husker Conference Tournament, but losing 2-1 to Stanton and 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family on Saturday in Wisner. Howells-Dodge lost 3-0 at North Bend Central Tuesday night in a match aired on 107.9 the Bull.
The Jaguars topped the Raiders 25-6 in set one and 25-7 in set two.
Kalli and Sam Brester notched 8 kills apiece while Tessa Brester had 15 set assists.
Howells-Dodge downed the Cadets 25-20 in the first set, and 25-21 in the second set.
Kalli Brester had a team-high 11 kills while Tessa Brester recorded 19 set assists.
The Jaguars earned a 25-18 win in set one over the Mustangs before dropping set two 25-13 and set three 26-24.
Kalli Brester posted 14 kills and 14 digs while Macey Kulhanek and Hailey Coufal contributed 20 and 8 digs, respectively. Tessa Brester dished out 28 set assists.
The Bulldogs took set one over Howells-Dodge 25-22, and won set two 25-15.
Kalli Brester recorded 7 kills while Tessa Brester compiled 15 set assists.
Howells-Dodge dropped set one to the Tigers 25-20, set two 25-21, and set three 25-14.
Head Coach Neil VanLengen says he was proud of the way his team played.
"Oh I just told my team you guys for 2 1/2 sets we played outstanding. I mean you put that team in C-2 that's the state champs hands down. I mean there's nobody in C-2 that can play with them. So they got a little tougher draw in C-1, but man we play the way we did I like our chances. We are going to do very well."
Kalli Brester notched 16 kills for the Jaguars (21-5) while Sam Brester and Erin Prusa registered 9 and 8, respectively.
VanLengen says his team's play was a lot better Tuesday night than it was on Saturday.
"Saturday we just weren't quite ourselves. Kind of had a chance to beat Stanton, and let them get away with one. And then we just weren't ready to play the third place game. And so I just told them hey we got to get rid of that, and be ready to go. And we were. Man to me for 2 1/2 sets that's as good of Volleyball you're going to see around here anyway man. Just two heavyweight teams just slugging it out. Shoot first set we had 16 side outs, second set I think we had 14 or 15 side outs. I mean that's outstanding Volleyball really."
The Jaguars are back in action Thursday, battling Tekamah-Herman (12-16) on the road in a match that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Howells-Dodge is on a bit of a skid right now as they have lost three in a row.
The Jaguars simply have to come ready to play in every match from here on out.
Howells-Dodge can't take sets or matches off. The Jaguars need to be ready to play no matter what.
I'm not suggesting Howells-Dodge is in trouble as they played Stanton tough on Saturday and North Bend Central tough Tuesday night, but losing to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family hurts.
Right now the Jaguars stand a good chance to get to state, even if it's with a wildcard, but this team needs to understand the importance of continuing to play well and win for that reason.
Hopefully the loss to the Bulldogs doesn't comeback to haunt Howells-Dodge because it will be a shame if the Jaguars don't make state.
I think it's very possible for Howells-Dodge to play Stanton a third time in the postseason, and the Jaguars can definitely beat the Mustangs again, but the Jaguars can't afford anymore losses.
Howells-Dodge has to come out and play with a purpose and business like attitude against the Tigers Thursday night.
Tekamah-Herman is no slouch, especially at home. The Tigers topped Fremont Bergan and Scribner-Snyder 2-0 at their home triangular on Tuesday, and have won four out of their last six.
Just ask Wisner-Pilger what the Tigers are capable of doing.
Point being the Jaguars have to be ready to play and cannot take Tekamah-Herman lightly.
Howells-Dodge has to play the way they did in the first two sets against North Bend Central. If the Jaguars do that they should be in good shape.
We're to the point in the season where every match is critical. Play time is over. It's time for Howells-Dodge to gear up and make their run towards the state tournament.
Perhaps a win over Tekamah-Herman will be just what the Jaguars need. I do think Howells-Dodge stands a good chance to come away with a win Thursday night if they're on top of their game.
The Oakland-Craig Knights are 2-2 in their last four matches, losing 2-1 to Pender and Twin River on Thursday in Genoa at the East Husker Conference Tournament, before downing Logan View 2-0 on Saturday in Wisner.
Oakland-Craig topped Clarkson/Leigh 3-1 at home Tuesday night.
The Titans won the first set over the Knights 25-14, and earned a 25-19 win in set three. Oakland-Craig took set two 25-17.
The Knights downed the Raiders 25-13 in set one, and 25-16 in set two.
The Patriots won set one 25-17, but Oakland-Craig won the next three 25-14, 25-21, and 25-23.
The win over Clarkson/Leigh is just what the Knights needed. Perhaps Oakland-Craig isn't done quite yet.
The Knights (7-22) host Pender (10-15) Thursday night.
In addition to their win over Oakland-Craig last week, the Pendragons lost 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at the EHC Tournament in Genoa on Thursday, 2-1 to Scribner-Snyder and Tekamah-Herman on Saturday in Wisner, and 3-1 at BRLD Tuesday night.
Pender really appears to be struggling right now, and I think the Knights are catching the Pendragons at a good time.
If Oakland-Craig plays the way they have in their last couple of matches, and Pender continues to play the way they have in recent matches, the Knights could come away with a victory.
I don't know what's made the difference for Oakland-Craig over their last couple of matches, but the Knights don't appear to be going out without a fight.
Oakland-Craig's sub district doesn't appear to be the most difficult, and with Fremont Bergan struggling some lately, who knows what can happen come postseason time.
That's all still a couple of weeks away though, and the Knights' sole focus should be on the Pendragons at this point.
Oakland-Craig has to try and slow down Pender's big guns at the net, and put some good swings on the ball when they have the chance.
The Knights need to be efficient passing and hitting the ball Serving, serve receiving, and blocking needs to be solid as well.
Oakland-Craig has to turn in a strong performance if they want to knock off the Pendragons.
Pender will no doubt do everything in their power to get their season back on track so the Knights need to be prepared to take the Pendragons' best shot.
Oakland-Craig has to outwork and outhustle Pender if they hope to come away with the win, in my opinion.
The team that plays the hardest and makes the fewest mistakes will win I think.
I think the Knights have a chance to do what they did on Tuesday, which is win 3-1.
I could also see the match going five sets, but I do not think it will be a sweep either way.
The Pender Pendragons have hit a rough patch in their season, beating Oakland-Craig 2-1 in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament in Genoa on Thursday, but losing 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, also on Thursday, 2-1 to Scribner-Snyder and Tekamah-Herman on Saturday in Wisner, and 3-1 at BRLD Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs topped the Pendragons 25-14 in set one, and 25-19 in set two.
Pender defeated the Trojans 25-23 in the first set, but dropped the next two 25-19 and 25-18.
The Wolverines won set one 25-20 and set two 25-17 before the Pendragons earned a 25-17 win in set three. BRLD took set four 25-17.
A four-match losing streak is not what the doctor ordered for Pender at this point in the season. I'm sure the Pendragons would like to get back on track quickly.
Pender (10-15) hosts Oakland-Craig (7-22) Thursday night.
The Knights downed Clarkson/Leigh 3-1 at home Tuesday night.
Oakland-Craig has had a down year, but given the fact the Knights beat the Patriots on Tuesday and played the Pendragons close the first time around kind of makes this a scary match for Pender, in my opinion.
Perhaps Oakland-Craig is starting to figure some things out so maybe this isn't the best time to be playing them.
I believe the Pendragons are capable of getting back on track and winning though.
Pender has some challenging matches the rest of the way so the Pendragons need to get something going Thursday night.
I would say the match against the Knights is a must win for Pender.
The Pendragons don't want to head into next week's matches against Clarkson/Leigh, West Point-Beemer, and Howells-Dodge with a loss hanging over them.
Pender would just assume get back on track and play well the rest of the way.
Again, I think the Pendragons can play well and win on Thursday, but I also think Oakland-Craig has a good chance to win too seeing how they played against Clarkson/Leigh.
The team that plays the hardest and makes the fewest mistakes will win, in my opinion.
Pender has to limit hitting and service errors, and must be sound passing, hitting, serving, blocking, and serve receiving.
The Pendragons' big guns have to step and show up for Pender Thursday night.
The Pendragons have five seniors, and I just can't see them going out without a fight.
This team is too good and talented to lose the rest of their matches this season.
I'm not suggesting that will happen, but if Pender doesn't step up their game soon they could be facing an uphill battle the rest of the way.
A win over Oakland-Craig would be a positive step in the right direction for the Pendragons, and perhaps would get Pender back on track.
The Scribner-Snyder Trojans are 3-3 over their last six matches, losing to Wisner-Pilger, but beating Madison 2-0 on Thursday at the East Husker Conference Tournament in Stanton, downing Pender 2-1, but losing 2-0 to BRLD on Saturday in Wisner, and turning around and downing Fremont Bergan 2-1, but losing 2-0 to Tekamah-Herman at the Tekamah-Herman Triangular on Tuesday.
The Gators downed the Trojans 25-13 in the first set, and 25-21 in the second set.
Nicole Boyle totaled 9 set assists.
Scribner-Snyder defeated the Dragons 25-23 in set one, and 25-14 in set two.
Kaylee Boyle notched 7 kills and 10 digs while Emily Lewin added 11 digs. Nicole Boyle dished out 15 set assists.
The Wolverines beat the Trojans 25-17 in the opening set, and 25-20 in the second set.
Kaylee Boyle recorded 11 digs while Savanah Miller posted 10. Nicole Boyle compiled 9 set assists.
The Pendragons won set one over Scribner-Snyder 25-23 before the Trojans took set two 25-19, and set three 25-18.
Kaylee Boyle registered 11 kills and 14 digs while Nicole Boyle added 9 kills and 13 digs. Miller totaled 20 set assists.
The Tigers downed Scribner-Snyder 25-21 in the first set, and 25-18 in the second set.
Nicole Boyle finished with 12 set assists.
The Knights claimed set one over the Trojans 25-22 before Scribner-Snyder returned the favor with 26-24 win in set two, and a 25-23 victory in set three.
Kaylee Boyle recorded 9 kills and 10 digs while Nicole Boyle posted 7 kills and 8 set assists. Mackenzy Schreck notched 7 kills. Miller added 10 digs while Lewin totaled 7. Micah Risch contributed 14 set assists.
The Trojans have been playing pretty good Volleyball lately. Scribner-Snyder appears to be getting healthy at the right time, and perhaps can make a run.
The Trojans (9-16) take on Logan View (3-22) and Wisner-Pilger (16-11) at the Logan View Triangular on Thursday.
The Gators are 4-1 in their last four matches, defeating Scribner-Snyder 2-0 and losing 2-1 to Stanton on Thursday at the East Husker Conference Tournament in Stanton, before downing West Point-Beemer and Clarkson/Leigh 2-1 on Saturday in Wisner. The Gators topped Twin River 3-1 at home Tuesday night.
The Raiders went 1-3 at the East Husker Conference Tournament, losing 2-0 to Howells-Dodge, Oakland-Craig, and BRLD, but beating Madison 2-0.
Wisner-Pilger is certainly playing lights out volleyball right now while Logan View appears to be getting a little better with each match.
I don't think either match is going to be a cakewalk for Scribner-Snyder, but I think the Trojans have a good chance to beat the Raiders and compete with the Gators.
Both Wisner-Pilger and Scribner-Snyder are playing at a very high level at the moment.
If the Gators weren't playing so well I would say the Trojans have a good chance to beat them, and they still can, but I think it's going to be pretty difficult.
Scribner-Snyder has to limit hitting and service errors, and do everything they can to limit Jayda Oligmueller, Maci Batenhorst, and Jordan Wegner.
Wisner-Pilger might be a bit taller than Scribner-Snyder so what the Trojans lack in height they must make up for with pure determination and hustle.
Scribner-Snyder has to be quick to balls, and must be ready to play smart and heady.
The Trojans need to communicate if a ball is going to be in or out, and have good judgement as to whether or not to go after balls that may or may not go out of bounds.
Scribner-Snyder has to be sound in the hitting, passing, blocking, serving, and serve receive games.
I think the Trojans are going to need to play one of their better matches of the season to come away with a victory over the Gators.
Scribner-Snyder's efforts can't all be on the Gators though. Everything I talked about the Trojans needing to do well against Wisner-Pilger applies to the Logan View match as well.
The Wisner-Pilger Gators are 4-1 in their last four matches, defeating Scribner-Snyder 2-0 and losing 2-1 to Stanton on Thursday at the East Husker Conference Tournament in Stanton, before downing West Point-Beemer and Clarkson/Leigh 2-1 on Saturday in Wisner.
The Gators topped Twin River 3-1 at home Tuesday night.
Wisner-Pilger downed the Trojans 25-13 in set one and 25-21 in set two.
Jayda Oligmueller and Jordan Wegner had 9 kills apiece while Maci Batenhorst notched 7 kills and 7 digs. Ashton Meyer totaled 10 digs while Lauren Jacobsen and Wegner recorded 8 and 7, respectively.
The Gators took set one from the Mustangs 25-12 before Stanton bounced back to win sets two and three 25-16 and 25-22.
Oligmueller recorded 8 kills and 18 digs while Batenhorst and Wegner totaled 7 kills each. Batenhorst added 14 digs while Meyer and Allissa Meyer notched 13 and 10 digs, respectively.
Wisner-Pilger won set one over the Patriots 25-20, and took set three 25-22 after dropping set two 25-20.
Wegner compiled 14 kills and 8 digs while Batenhorst had 11 kills and 13 digs. Oligmueller recorded 15 digs while Ashton Meyer posted 10.
The Gators lost the first set to the Cadets, 25-17, but won sets two and three 25-11 and 25-16.
Wegner finished with 14 kills while Batenhorst totaled 9 kills and 14 digs. Oligmueller contributed 17 digs.
The Titans took set one from Wisner-Pilger 25-20, but the Gators bounced back to win set two 25-23, set three 25-18, and set four 25-16.
Wegner compiled 17 kills and 9 digs while Oligmueller registered 13 kills and 17 digs. Batenhorst notched 12 kills and 11 digs. Allissa Meyer, Ashton Meyer, and Jacobsen chipped in 11, 10, and 9 digs, respectively.
Wisner-Pilger appears to have saved their best for last. The Gators are playing great Volleyball at the moment.
Wisner-Pilger (16-11) takes on Scribner-Snyder (9-16) and Logan View (3-22) at the Logan View Triangular on Thursday.
The Raiders went 1-3 at the East Husker Conference Tournament, losing 2-0 to Howells-Dodge, Oakland-Craig, and BRLD, but beating Madison 2-0.
The Trojans, on the other hand, beat Fremont Bergan 2-1, but lost 2-0 to Tekamah-Herman at the Tekamah-Herman Triangular on Tuesday.
Scribner-Snyder is a solid team, and Logan View seems to be coming around a little bit perhaps, and I look for both teams to give the Gators everything they've got.
I think Wisner-Pilger has a very good opportunity in front of them in that I think they can win both matches, but the Gators have to come to play, and can't take either opponent lightly.
Oligmueller, Batenhorst, and Wegner have really come on lately for Wisner-Pilger.
I've been very impressed with their ability to lead this team both from an offensive and defensive standpoint.
The Gators are certainly clicking on all cylinders right now, and I don't know if there are many teams out there that want to play Wisner-Pilger right now.
It's a good thing the Gators are playing the way they are at the moment because Wisner-Pilger is in a difficult sub district with the likes of Stanton and Howells-Dodge.
The Gators have already shown they can compete against the Mustangs though, and given the three-match losing streak the Jaguars are on right now, Wisner-Pilger has to think they can compete with Howells-Dodge too.
I look for the Gators to keep getting better and be there in the end come postseason time.
Wisner-Pilger has a very favorable schedule the rest of the regular season so the Gators should be able to win the rest of their remaining regular season matches.
I like the way Wisner-Pilger has come together as a team and is playing right now. The Gators appear to be a force to be reckoned with from here on out, and should garner the attention of their remaining opponents whether it's in the regular season or postseason.
The Clarkson/Leigh Patriots are 2-3 in their last five matches, topping Tekamah-Herman 2-0 and losing 2-0 to North Bend Central at North Bend Thursday night, before downing Twin River 2-1 and losing 2-1 to Wisner-Pilger on Saturday in Wisner. All four matches were East Husker Conference Tournament matches. The Patriots lost 3-1 at Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.
Clarkson/Leigh took set one from Tekamah-Herman 25-13, and won set two 25-21.
Shelby Paprocki had 7 kills while Kaegan Held registered 17 set assists.
The Patriots dropped the first set to North Bend Central 25-17 and lost the second set 25-19.
Paprocki totaled 14 digs while Paprocki notched 7.
The Gators earned a 25-20 set one win and a 25-22 set three win while Clarkson/Leigh took set two from Wisner-Pilger 25-20.
Paprocki recorded 15 kills and 20 digs while Sydney Folken and Hannah Kasik added 7 kills each. Halee Steffensmeier posted 13 digs while Held contributed 9 digs and 28 set assists.
The Patriots won the first set over the Titans 26-24 before Twin River won set two by the same score. Clarkson/Leigh earned a 25-14 win in set three.
Paprocki and Kasik managed 11 kills apiece while Beth Wiese chipped in 7 kills and 9 digs. Steffensmeier added 21 digs while Sara McEvoy notched 20. Paprocki totaled 17, and Held registered 16 digs and 31 set assists. Cully Cerv posted 7 digs.
The Patriots took the first set from the Knights 25-17, but Oakland-Craig bounced back to win the next three 25-14, 25-21, and 25-23.
Paprocki had 15 kills and 21 digs while Kasik totaled 13 kills and 7 digs. Steffensmeier contributed 19 digs with Held totaling 16 digs and 33 set assists. McEvoy added 11 digs.
Clarkson/Leigh played very respectable Volleyball in the EHC Tournament. I'm not sure what happened against the Knights.
The Patriots (14-14) host Mead (10-14) Thursday night.
The Raiders lost 2-0 to Elmwood-Murdock and Malcolm at the Elmwood-Murdock Invitational on Tuesday.
Like Clarkson/Leigh, Mead has played a lot of teams in classes above them.
The Raiders have lost four in a row while the Patriots are just 3-5 in their last eight matches.
It's definitely not the time of year to be struggling, but in some ways, that's what both of these teams are doing right now.
Something has to give Thursday night. One of these teams is going to snap out of their mini funk, and perhaps get on the right track.
One loss is nothing for Clarkson/Leigh to get worked up about, but the Patriots have to play with a purpose and sense of urgency Thursday night.
The Patriots can't come out and lay an egg and be flat.
Clarkson/Leigh has to get off to the same type of start they got off to against Oakland-Craig, the Patriots just need to finish this time around.
Clarkson/Leigh is definitely capable of beating Mead, but I look for Thursday night's match to be close and tightly contested.
I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the match went 5 sets.
I like the Patriots' chances with the match being at home, but Clarkson/Leigh has to play a complete match and perform much better than they did against the Knights.
Not taking anything away from Oakland-Craig, but the Patriots have to be better than they were against the Knights.
Clarkson/Leigh can't continue to perform the way they did against Oakland-Craig. Two of the three set losses for the Patriots were close, and Oakland-Craig is a C-2 team, but Clarkson/Leigh still has to be better.
Perhaps the Patriots can get back on track Thursday night with a win over Mead.
The Logan View Raiders went 1-3 at last week's East Husker Conference Tournament, losing 2-0 to Howells-Dodge and BRLD at Howells-Dodge on Thursday, before beating Madison 2-0 and losing 2-0 to Oakland-Craig on Saturday at Wisner.
The Jaguars topped the Raiders 25-6 in set one, and 25-7 in set two.
The Wolverines beat Logan View 25-13 in the first set, and 25-14 in the second set.
The Raiders defeated the Dragons 25-19 in set one, and 25-21 in set two.
The Knights downed Logan View 25-13 in the first set, and 25-16 in the second set.
I thought the Raiders did a good job to beat Madison, but Logan View's struggles remained in their other matches.
The Raiders (3-22) host Wisner-Pilger (15-11) and Scribner-Snyder (8-15) in their home triangular on Thursday.
The Gators went 3-1 at the EHC Tournament, beating West Point-Beemer and Clarkson/Leigh 2-1, and Scribner-Snyder 2-0, but losing 2-1 to Stanton.
The Trojans finished 2-2 at the tournament, beating Madison and Pender 2-0, but falling 2-0 to Wisner-Pilger and BRLD.
Both teams are playing fairly respectable Volleyball right now, and had respectable showings at the EHC Tournament.
I don't think either team will be easy for Logan View. I think both teams will provide difficult and different challenges for the Raiders.
Logan View has to rise up and play well. It's the final time these seniors will ever play matches on their home floor.
The whole team has to step up their game for the seniors, and play for them.
I look for the Raiders to play inspired, and give both opponents their best shot.
I don't know if Logan View will have enough in the tank to take a match from either opponent, but I feel like the Raiders have a shot to take a set from Scribner-Snyder, and compete in all sets against the Gators.
Logan View will be tested, there's no doubt about it, so we will see if the Raiders can rise to the challenge and play well.
I think Logan View has a chance to compete and make things interesting against both opponents, I just don't know if the Raiders can knock off either team.
It's going to take two flawless performances from Logan View for the Raiders to get the job done.
Logan View has to eliminate, or at least limit hitting errors and service errors.
The Raiders have to serve, pass, hit, block, and serve receive well.
Logan View has to make the Trojans and Gators earn their points the hard way.
The Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Wolverines finished 3-1 at the East Husker Conference Tournament, defeating Logan View and losing 2-0 to West Point-Beemer at Howells-Dodge on Thursday, and topping Scribner-Snyder and Tekamah-Herman 2-0 on Saturday in Wisner.
The Wolverines defeated the Raiders 25-13 in the first set, and 25-14 in the second set.
BRLD lost 25-18 in set one, and 25-21 in set two to West Point-Beemer.
The Wolverines downed the Tigers 25-18 in the first set, and 25-16 in the second set.
BRLD downed the Trojans 25-17 in set one, and 25-20 in set two.
The Wolverines played really good Volleyball in the EHC Tournament with the exception of the loss to West Point-Beemer.
BRLD (16-14) hosts Pender (10-14) Tuesday night.
The Pendragons went 1-3 at the EHC Tournament, beating Oakland-Craig 2-1, but losing 2-0 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, and 2-1 to Tekamah-Herman and Scribner-Snyder.
The Wolverines beat Pender 2-1 in the Northeast Nebraska Classic earlier this season, and I would say BRLD is better now than they were then while the Pendragons might be about the same or not as good.
Pender has struggled recently, and I think the Wolverines are getting the Pendragons at a good time.
It's not going to be an easy match by any means, but I think if BRLD plays up to their capability, they can win.
The Wolverines could really use wins in their last two matches to finish the season out strong so this is an important match for BRLD.
The Wolverines have to play their game, and play the type of Volleyball they are capable of.
When this team is on they are on, and I think BRLD can still do some damage yet this season.
An 18-14 regular season would be a positive step in the right direction for this team, but the Wolverines have to continue to take things one match at a time and focus on the Pendragons.
Pender has some girls that can play so BRLD has to be ready to slow down everyone.
The Wolverines have some girls that can play too so BRLD needs to get all their heavy hitters going.
The Wolverines have to serve receive, pass, hit, and block well. Service and hitting errors need to be kept to a minimum.
The last thing BRLD wants to do is give away points.
The Wolverines have to limit unforced errors, and make the Pendragons earn their points.
I look for BRLD to be on top of their game and play a good match on Tuesday.
I think the Wolverines have a good shot to win because they are at home, but Pender cannot be counted out.
The West Point-Beemer Cadets finished 2-2 at the East Husker Conference Tournament last week, downing BRLD 2-0 and losing 2-0 to Howells-Dodge on Thursday at Howells-Dodge before beating Twin River 2-1, but losing 2-1 to Wisner-Pilger on Saturday in Wisner.
The Cadets topped the Wolverines 25-18 in set one, and 25-21 in set two.
The Jaguars beat West Point-Beemer 25-20 in the first set, and 25-21 in the second set.
The Cadets took the first set from the Gators 25-17, only to see Wisner-Pilger comeback and win the next two sets 25-11 and 25-16.
West Point-Beemer earned a 25-14 set one win over the Titans, and won set three 25-19, but lost set two 25-22.
The Cadets certainly played some difficult teams in this tournament, but more than held their own.
West Point-Beemer (12-13) is at Boone Central/Newman Grove (9-14) Tuesday night.
The Cardinals lost 3-2 at Hartington Cedar Catholic on Thursday.
Boone Central/Newman Grove has played and lost to some good teams, just like the Cadets, which makes this an intriguing match.
I look for West Point-Beemer to hold their own Tuesday night, and perhaps come away with a win.
It would be a big deal for the Cadets to knock off the Cardinals.
West Point-Beemer would rather win and feel good about themselves the rest of the week as opposed to losing and perhaps feeling a little bummed they lost their last match.
After Tuesday night's match the Cadets will be off for a week so West Point-Beemer needs to perform well to feel good about themselves heading into next week's home triangular with Howells-Dodge and Pender.
These are the types of matches you want to win when building a program. The difference between being a good team and not a good team can be winning close matches.
So far the Cadets have won some close matches, and lost some close matches.
That makes predicting who is going to win this match all the more difficult.
I think one thing and the opposite happens, or a match doesn't go the way I think it's going to.
West Point-Beemer has to control what they can control, which is their hustle and effort.
The Cadets have to play a good match from start to finish if they want to pull out a win against Boone Central/Newman Grove.
West Point-Beemer has the better record, but the Cardinals are at home, so again, this match is really difficult to predict.
I don't want to speculate either way who is going to win because the result won't be what I think, say, or expect it to be.
So I'm simply going to let things play out and talk about this match after it's played.
The Winnebago Indians lost 3-0 at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Thursday night, falling 25-13 in set one, 25-9 in set two, and 25-8 in set three.
Winnebago also lost 2-0 to Whiting, IA at their home Triangular last Tuesday, dropping the first set 25-18 and the second set 27-25.
I'm honestly surprised the Indians weren't more competitive against the Bears.
Winnebago (5-17) hosts Homer (10-12) and Wakefield (8-12) in a Triangular on Thursday.
The Knights beat Pender 3-2 at home Tuesday night while the Trojans downed Emerson-Hubbard 3-0 on the road, also on Tuesday.
I look for both teams to be tough for the Indians, but I think Winnebago can be more competitive than they were against Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.
Winnebago seems to play well at home, and I look for the Indians to raise their level of play against both Homer and Wakefield.
I don't know if Winnebago will sweep the Triangular, but I think the Indians are at least capable of taking one of the matches.
Winnebago has to be more competitive against both teams than they were against the Bears if they hope to win though.
The Indians will have had an entire week to prepare for both teams so I think Winnebago has a chance to be successful for that reason.
The Indians have the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament starting next weekend so Winnebago no doubt wants to be on top of their game for that tournament.
The season is winding down, and the Indians have to find a way to not only win at home, but win at neutral sites and on the road as well.
Winnebago has to do their best to get on a roll and win at least some of their remaining matches.
The Indians want to be playing their best Volleyball heading into Sub Districts, and if Winnebago can get things going on Thursday they may be able to say they are playing their best come postseason time.
The Indians have to keep competing and battling hard in an effort to play good, consistent Volleyball.
The Emerson-Hubbard Pirates are 0-2 in their last two matches, losing 3-0 at Homer last Thursday night and 3-0 at home to Wakefield Tuesday night.
The Pirates dropped set one to the Knights 25-12, set two 25-18, and set three 25-11.
The Trojans downed Emerson-Hubbard 25-12 in the first set, 25-10 in the second set, and 25-19 in the third set.
The Pirates' struggles continue. It has definitely been a year of learning and growing pains for Emerson-Hubbard.
The Pirates (2-18) take part in the Hartington-Newcastle Invite on Saturday.
The host Wildcats are one team Emerson-Hubbard could face, and Hartington-Newcastle is a fairly decent team.
I think the Pirates will be challenged in this tournament, and won't have an easy go of things.
I think Emerson-Hubbard can be competitive, I just don't know how much winning they're going to do.
The biggest thing for the Pirates is continuing to get better. Emerson-Hubbard has to take steps in the right direction in this tournament, and try their best to pick up some set wins, or perhaps even take a match.
The Pirates have some tough matches coming up before the regular season ends. Emerson-Hubbard has the Winside Triangular with Hartington-Newcastle and Winside on Tuesday before the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament, which starts next weekend.
The Pirates have to use Saturday's tournament as a build up to next week.
Emerson-Hubbard has to do everything they can to play well on Saturday, and gain some confidence and momentum for their remaining regular season matches.
The Pirates have to give it their best shot on Saturday, and fight, scrap, and claw the best they can.
I don't expect things to come easy for Emerson-Hubbard, but nothing good comes without hard work and determination.
The Pirates have to right the ship and play at the highest level they can on Saturday. Whether or not that yields many wins remains to be seen, but the most important thing for Emerson-Hubbard at this point is growth and improvement in any fashion possible, in my opinion.
The Pirates desperately need something to go their way this weekend so we will see what happens.
Guardian Angels lost to Lutheran High Northeast 2-1 and beat Wisner-Pilger 2-0 at the Wisner-Pilger Triangular Thursday night before falling 3-2 at Pierce Tuesday night.
LHNE took set one 25-20, and set three 25-22, while dropping set two 25-21.
Maddie Knobbe led GACC with 18 kills and 13 digs while Kali Stratman and Ally Plagge totaled 16 digs apiece. Lisa Gatzemeyer registered 13 digs while Stratman dished out 27 set assists.
In the final match of the night, the Bluejays won set one 25-18, and set two 25-20.
Knobbe led GACC with 8 kills. Stratman notched 8 digs and 11 set assists.
Head Coach Kate Hagemann."We started off really slow, and then kind of got it together there in the 2nd, and got it together there in half of the 3rd, and just let it slip away. Then you turn around and you beat a good Wisner team pretty convincingly in two sets, so it's just the game of Volleyball. You're going to have a lot of highs and a lot of lows. And if you can just be a few less errors than the other team you'll have a good chance of winning. And against Lutheran High we just had too many unforced errors to beat a decent team like them."
GACC took set one from Pierce 25-20, and won set two 25-22 before dropping the next three sets 25-21, 25-17, and 17-15.
Knobbe led the way with 19 kills and 12 digs while Plagge recorded 14 digs. Stratman notched 11 digs and 36 set assists with Gatzemeyer totaling 8 digs.
I thought GACC was going to beat Pierce, Credit Pierce for battling back and putting the match away, but this was one GACC had, and feels they should of won I'm sure.
GACC (10-8) is at Crofton (15-4) Thursday night.
The Warriors won 3-1 at Creighton Tuesday night.
Crofton is a very good team, and this is going to be a really difficult matchup.
I think GACC can definitely win as the Warriors also lost in five sets to Pierce earlier this season, but GACC has to close out opponents when they have the chance.
The Bluejays would really like to get going with very winnable matches at David City Aquinas and Norfolk Catholic next week.
The Mid State Conference Tournament is looming, and GACC wants to be on top of their game for those matches.
I fully expect the Bluejays to play well Thursday night, and challenge and push Crofton.
I could definitely see the match going five sets.
It would be a big deal for GACC to beat the Warriors. It would be a real feel good win for the Bluejays, in my opinion.
GACC needs other players to step up and help Knobbe offensively though.
The Bluejays have multiple players who are solid on defense, but Knobbe has proven to be the only real consistent threat on offense for GACC so far this season.
You can bet the Warriors will focus on her and try and make other players beat them.
The Bluejays need to start playing well with the postseason right around the corner.
This is time of year when you want to be playing your best Volleyball, and GACC certainly needs to start doing that soon.
I think the best is yet to come for the Bluejays, I really do, but at some point GACC has to get things going.
It will be interesting to see if the Bluejays can get the job done Thursday night. We will see if GACC can get it.
The Logan View Raiders fell 3-0 at Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur last Tuesday night, and lost 2-0 to Fremont Bergan at the Oakland-Craig Triangular this past Tuesday.
The Wolverines took set one 25-15, set two 25-14. and set three 25-12.
Assistant Coach Brad Schlegel says his team was overmatched. "What we ran into, they had girls that could really play above us. Even when we were getting our blocks in the right spot, they were hitting above us, they were hitting around us, they were hitting all over. So we did some nice things as far as playing defense, but same as we've had all year, we just have trouble terminating when we need kills. We can get balls up, but then we can't put them down on the other side."
Schlegel adds his team has a ways to go. "The effort is there, we're just a little bit not quite getting there with the skills."
The Knights downed the Raiders 25-16 in set one, and 25-10 in set two.
Logan View just continues to really struggle. It has been a tough season so far for the Raiders.
Logan View battles Howells-Dodge (19-2) in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament on Thursday at Howells-Dodge.
The Jaguars swept the Raiders 3-0 at Logan View on September 15th.
Howells-Dodge went 2-1 at the Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tourney on Saturday, sweeping Clarkson/Leigh and Twin River 2-0, but losing 2-1 to the host Bulldogs.
This is going to be a really difficult match for the Raiders. Howells-Dodge is on a crash course to meet Stanton in the semifinals, and a matchup between those two on Saturday is a very real possibility.
Logan View just has to scrap, claw, and fight the best they can, and try and be competitive against the Jaguars like they were in the last set the first time around.
If the Raiders can just take a set from Howells-Dodge that might help them in their second match of the night against either BRLD or West Point-Beemer.
I don't expect Logan View to pull the upset, I don't think anyone does, but these girls have to believe in themselves and trust in one another that they can have success.
The Raiders need to gain some positive momentum from this match somehow, regardless of if they win or lose.
Logan View needs something to go their way for once, so like I said, perhaps the Raiders can take a set from the Jaguars and use it as positive momentum for the BRLD/West Point-Beemer match.
These girls have to rally around each other and stay positive. If they can do that then they may have a chance to be competitive against Howells-Dodge.
It's tough going into a match as a heavy underdog, but if anything, that has to motivate and fuel this team to be successful on Thursday.
Logan View has to find some motivation from within, and get amped, stoked, pumped, and fired up for this match.
The Raiders have to find a way to dig themselves out of this funk they're in. And the only people that can change Logan View's outcomes of matches is the team.
The Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Wolverines swept Logan View 3-0 in High School Volleyball on 107.9 the Bull Tuesday night.
The Wolverines took set one 25-15, set two 25-14. and set three 25-12.
Kelly Wakeley had 5 kills and 7 aces for BRLD.
Head Coach Rebecca James on the win. "We got all the players in, and they all got a chance to play, whether it be front row, back row. And it's good for the team to have to have different people in there, and be accountable for their position in the rotation. And so it was yeah a good night for us."
James says looking ahead....they have several freshmen who are showing a lot of potential. "I know that we lose a lot of seniors this year, and a lot of experience on the court, but we're going to have those young ladies in there soon, and they're going to be really aggressive and some good blockers and attackers for us coming up so that's something to look forward to, and they've been doing a great job in their C games and JV tournaments."
The Tigers downed the Wolverines 25-18 in set one, 25-13 in set two, and 25-12 in set three.
I thought BRLD might play North Bend Central a little bit tougher than they did, but the Tigers are an exceptional team.
The Wolverines (13-13) take on West Point-Beemer (10-11) in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament on Thursday.
The Cadets lost 2-0 to Stanton, but beat Scribner-Snyder 2-0 at the Scribner-Snyder Triangular on Tuesday.
I think BRLD has a fairly good shot to knock off West Point-Beemer, but the Wolverines have to play at a higher level than they did against North Bend Central.
This is a toss up match if you ask me, and I do like BRLD to win, but things could really go either way.
Both teams have had pretty good seasons, but both are just lacking that consistent play to get over the hump.
I really think whichever team wins this match can possibly give Howells-Dodge a match, assuming the Jaguars beat Logan View.
I look for the Wolverines to step up their game and play well in this tournament.
I think BRLD will give teams their best shot, and perhaps pull off an upset or two.
The Wolverines have to get things rolling in this tournament with a couple of very winnable regular season matches left after this.
I think BRLD can go on a mini run to end the regular season, setting the stage for the postseason.
The Wolverines have kind of been lying in the weeds waiting to do something big, and I feel BRLD's time could be now.
We'll see if the Wolverines can take care of business against the Cadets and upset Howells-Dodge, should the Jaguars knock off Logan View.
BRLD's performance has to remain at a high level regardless of if the Wolverines' are close, far ahead, or far behind in any set or match.
The Scribner-Snyder Trojans lost 2-0 to Stanton and West Point-Beemer at their home Triangular on Tuesday.
The Mustangs downed the Trojans 25-17 in the first set, and 25-18 in the second set.
Mackenzy Schreck totaled 11 digs while Nicole Boyle had 8 set assists.
The Cadets beat Scribner-Snyder 25-20 in set one, and 25-16 in set two.
Boyle dished out 16 set assists.
I thought the Trojans competed fairly well against both squads despite the losses.
Scribner-Snyder (6-13) takes on Wisner-Pilger (12-10) in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament in Stanton on Thursday.
The Gators lost 3-1 at Tekamah-Herman Tuesday night.
The Trojans have to play optimistic volleyball and believe they can knock off Wisner-Pilger.
Scribner-Snyder has dropped five in a row, but anything can happen in the game of volleyball, especially this time of year.
The Trojans have to believe they have a shot at the upset.
Tekamah-Herman did it so Scribner-Snyder certainly can too.
The Trojans have to keep fighting and must continue to persevere no matter what happens throughout the match.
Things may not go Scribner-Snyder's way the whole time so the Trojans have to weather any storms the Gators throw their way, and must be ready to counter with runs of their own if Wisner-Pilger goes on scoring runs.
Scribner-Snyder has to be mentally and physically tough, and must try and slow down Jayda Oligmueller, Maci Batenhorst, and Jordan Wegner.
Those three do the most damage for the Gators so the Trojans have to focus their efforts on those them, and try and force other players to beat them.
Scribner-Snyder has to play loose and inspired. The Trojans really have nothing to lose in this match. All the pressure should be on Wisner-Pilger.
Scribner-Snyder has to give it their best shot and see what they can do on Thursday.
I don't see the Trojans doing worse than 1-1, regardless of the outcome of the match with the Gators.
The Wisner-Pilger Gators are 3-3 in their last six matches, beating Lutheran High Northeast 2-1, but losing 2-0 to Guardian Angels Central Catholic at their home triangular on Thursday. Wisner-Pilger lost 2-0 to St. Paul, but downed Allen 2-0 and Wynot 2-1 at their own invite on Saturday. The Gators lost 3-1 at Tekamah-Herman Tuesday night.
The Bluejays downed Wisner-Pilger 25-18 in set one, and 25-20 in set two.
Jayda Oligmueller had 8 kills while Maci Batenhorst totaled 9 digs.
Lutheran High Northeast won the first set 25-21 before the Gators bounced back to win both the second and third sets 25-18.
Oligmueller notched 13 kills while Jordan Wegner registered 12 kills and 10 digs. Batenhorst recorded 7 kills while Ashton Meyer posted 8 digs.
Wisner-Pilger defeated Allen 25-10 in set one, and 25-13 in set two.
The Blue Devils earned a 25-19 set one win before the Gators won set two 25-19, and set three 25-20.
Oligmueller finished with 12 kills and 10 digs while Batenhorst contributed 10 kills and 13 digs. Wegner added 9 kills and 7 digs.
The Wildcats downed Wisner-Pilger 25-15 in set one, and 25-16 in set two.
The Tigers won set one 25-20 and set two 26-24, lost set three 25-21, but rebounded to win set four 25-22.
Wisner-Pilger Head Coach Jean Groth says Tekamah-Herman simply outplayed her team.
“They played well, they played with extreme amount of energy. They earned points at a higher rate than we did. It appears that we had 36 errors in a four set match. To me that’s about 9 per set.”
The Gators, who fall to 12-10 on the year, were led by Oligmueller and Wegner, who notched 12 kills apiece. Maci Batenhorst totaled 8 kills and 9 ace serves for Wisner-Pilger, who plays Scribner-Snyder (6-13) in Stanton on Thursday.
The Trojans lost 2-0 to West Point-Beemer and Stanton at their home triangular on Tuesday.
The Gators should be able to pick up the win over Scribner-Snyder, but Wisner-Pilger has to play better than they did against Tekamah-Herman.
The Gators should be upset with that match and motivated to play better on Thursday.
I think you will see Wisner-Pilger play a good first match on Thursday.
If the Gators win they probably get Stanton, and I'm sure Wisner-Pilger would like another shot at the Mustangs.
We're getting to that time of year where anything can happen with crazy upsets occurring so the Gators have to feel like they have a chance to play the role of spoiler in this Conference Tournament.
Wisner-Pilger doesn't have the easiest road to the winners bracket on Saturday, but the Gators are capable of beating anyone they play, in my opinion.
Oligmueller, Wegner, and Batenhorst all need to have good matches for Wisner-Pilger.
It's getting down to crunch time for the Gators, and Wisner-Pilger needs to do their best to be on top of their game from here on out.
The Gators have some very favorable matchups coming up before the regular season ends so Wisner-Pilger needs to do well in this tournament to give them the attitude that there's no way the below .500 teams are going to beat them.
The Gators have to play with the attitude that they can't be beat. Every match is different, and a chance to impress and play well, and that's exactly what Wisner-Pilger has to do in this tournament.
Stanton is obviously a very good team, and Scribner-Snyder is no push over, but the Gators have to believe they can hang and compete with and beat both teams, should Wisner-Pilger advance and play the Mustangs.