BATTLE CREEK – Nine northeast Nebraska volleyball programs were represented Monday evening in two locations.
The 2019 Mid State Conference Tournament played first round games in Battle Creek and Pierce.
Wayne High earned the top seed and played the winner of the play-in game Monday night which saw #9 Boone Central/Newman Grove win in five sets over #8 Crofton (25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 13-25, 15-13). WHS then swept BC/NG (25-13, 25-15, 25-20) to improve to 25-4 and winning 10 of their past 11 matches while the Cardinals fell to 8-19.
Lauren Pick recorded a team-high 16 kills, eight digs and two blocks (one solo) followed by Emily Armstrong adding a double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs for WHS. Mikaela McManigal tacked on five kills, Frankie Klausen posted three kills as Rubie Klausen and Sydney Redden (11 digs) tallied a kill each. Hailey Backer came away with 14 digs as Kiara Krusemark finished with 34 set assists, three digs, one kill and one block.
Wayne High combined for seven service aces as a team led by the four from Redden, two by Backer and Erin O’Reilly with one.
The other match in Battle Creek saw #4 Hartington Cedar Catholic sweep #5 Guardian Angels Central Catholic (26-24, 25-20, 25-19). Matches in Pierce favored #2 Norfolk Catholic sweeping #7 Pierce (25-7, 25-16, 25-17) and #3 Battle Creek swept #6 O’Neill.
Abby Hochstein paced Cedar Catholic at the net with nine kills and eight digs, followed by Kenlee Goeden with eight kills and Brynn Wortmann added six kills as well as 11 digs. Aiden Wortman posted a team-high 27 set assists and five digs, while Megan Heimes tallied seven digs and Laney Kathol finished with five blocks and five kills.
Second round winner’s bracket games will be played Tuesday evening in Battle Creek between Hartington Cedar Catholic and Wayne at 6 p.m. followed by Norfolk Catholic vs. Battle Creek at 7:30 p.m. Loser’s bracket games will be held in Pierce with Boone Central/Newman Grove taking on GACC at 6 p.m. and Pierce vs. O’Neill at 7:30 p.m.
Earlier this season, Wayne High won in three sets during a best two-of-three triangular over Cedar Catholic held in Hartington on September 26.
The loser of the play-in game and the two elimination teams who lose after Tuesday will play a triangular Thursday at a time determined ty the highest seed of those teams. The Mid State Conference championship, third place and fifth place matches will be held in Battle Creek Thursday.