The Potter-Dix and Leyton volleyball teams both fell just short in their pursuit of a district championship on Thursday.
Potter-Dix was swept by a hard-hitting Sutherland team 25-11, 25-11, 25-10 in the Class D-1, District 6 final in Chappell, while Leyton suffered its first loss of the season to Mullen 25-12, 25-23, 20-25, 25-14 in the Class D-2, District 6 title match in Paxton.
The loss ended Potter-Dix’s season at 16-12.
Leyton, which dropped to 30-1, is in strong position to qualify for next week’s state tournament with a wildcard. The official state pairings will be released on Saturday morning pending the results of today’s district finals in Classes C-1 and C-2.
Potter-Dix coach Kristi Jung knew her squad would be in for a stiff test against a Sutherland team that improved its record to 24-6 with the win over the Coyotes.
“They are a really good ball club,” Jung said. “They were far and away the best team we’ve seen all season. They are big at the net, and they ran such a quick paced offense that we spent most of the night on our heels. We did get a few good swings at them, and were able to terminate the ball a few times, but they were just too strong.”
Conner Wolff led Potter-Dix’s hitting attack with six kills. Kaidee Livingstone added four kills. Livingstone recorded a team-high eight digs and served three points. Taylor Juelfs led the Coyotes with 13 set assists. She also served three points. Also for Potter-Dix in the match, Kinley Vowers and Regyn Hicks both finished with six digs, while Wolff registered a team-high two blocks.
Potter-Dix will lose five seniors off this year’s team.
Jung said her team’s ability to win a sub-district championship and advance to the district final were a direct result of just how much the Coyotes improved throughout the season.
“I’m really proud of the girls to get to the district final. It’s been a while and it’s the first time that these girls have ever made it this far,” Jung said. “They worked so hard throughout the season and they’ve been a great group of girls to work with and coach. We really enjoyed the season.”