Class D to adopt statewide volleyball district finals

LINCOLN — Class D will be put on the same system of statewide, winner-take-all district finals as Class C in volleyball starting this fall.

The NSAA board, on a 5-3 geographically split vote, approved the change at its monthly meeting Thursday. Against the proposal were the three westernmost board members.

As in Class C, the two Class D divisions will play district finals at neutral sites. In Class B, finals are at the higher-seeded team. Class A, with seven districts, is the last class to keep a wild-card berth for its state tournament.

The Nebraska School Activities Association board also awarded the state dual wrestling championship, moved up to the first Saturday in February, to the Buffalo County Fairgrounds arena in Kearney, and raised state volleyball ticket prices to $9 for adults and $6 for students since admission is good for four matches at a site in the first round and six at a site in the semifinals.