WAVERLY, Neb. — Waverly maintained its late-season momentum Tuesday night by putting away another quality opponent.
Junior Whitney Lauenstein had 17 kills as the host Vikings swept two-time defending Class C-1 champion Wahoo 25-17, 25-8, 25-22. Class B No. 2 Waverly moved to 22-2 while the C-1 No. 4 Warriors fell to 18-3.
Waverly was coming off a strong performance in last weekend’s Lincoln Northeast Invitational. The Vikings went 4-2, which included wins over Class A powers Elkhorn South and Lincoln Pius X.
“We’re playing at a high level,’’ Waverly coach Terri Neujahr said. “The girls know they can play with anybody.’’
“Even when we lost last week to some really tough Class A teams, it gave us confidence,’’ she said. “We learned from the mistakes we made.’’
The Vikings didn’t make many mistakes against the Warriors, dominating the first two sets before rallying late to take the third and the match.
“I think it took them the first two sets to adjust to our tempo,’’ Neujahr said. “When they got it going in the third set they were with us every step of the way.’’
The Vikings’ height advantage — three starters at 6-foot-2 — also came into play.
“When your middles are 6-2, that’s really helpful,’’ Neujahr said.
Waverly got off to a quick start, jumping to a 10-4 lead in the opening set. Wahoo coach Trish Larson used her first timeout, then took her final one soon after when it got to 15-5.
Lauenstein had five kills in the set, and the Vikings eventually won it when a Wahoo shot failed to clear the net.
Waverly didn’t let up in the second set and raced to an 11-2 lead. The Vikings went ahead 2-0 in the match when Abby Plouzek smacked a kill to capture the set.
The third set was close throughout, and Wahoo grabbed a 20-18 advantage on a block by Taylor Luben. But Waverly tied the match at 20, 21 and 22 before taking the lead for good on a kill by Atley Carey.
The Vikings won the final two points on a Wahoo setting error and a kill by Mollie Grosshans.
“I was surprised that we swept them,’’ Neujahr said. “They have a history and they know how to win.’’
Senior setter Annika Evans, a recruited walk-on for Nebraska in 2020, dished out 31 assists. Husker coach John Cook was among the spectators Tuesday night.
Mya Larson had 12 kills to lead Wahoo while setter Elle Glock had 26 assists.
Wahoo (18-3)..................17 8 22
At Waverly (22-2)..........25 25 25
Wahoo (kills-aces-blocks): Josie Sutton 1-0-0, Mya Larson 12-0-0, Mya Emerson 3-0-1, Elle Glock 1-2-1, Kelsie Sears 6-1-0, Lillie Mann 6-0-0.
Waverly: Makenzie Brehm 0-2-0, Karsen VanScoy 0-1-0, Kelsey Perrotto 0-1-0, Bailey Jeffers 3-0-0, Mollie Grosshans 5-0-1, Whitney Lauenstein 17-0-0, Payton Winkler 1-0-0, Abby Plouzek 6-0-0, Annika Evans 1-1-1, Atley Carey 5-0-2.
Set assists: Wahoo 26 (Glock 26). Waverly 35 (Evans 31, VanScoy 3, Brehm 1).
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From left, Emily Bressman of Omaha Marian, Kalynn Meyer of Superior, Jaiden Centeno of Millard West, Lindsay Krause of Omaha Skutt, McKenna Ruch of Millard North and Marriah Buss of Lincoln Lutheran. Not pictured: Millard North’s Izzy Lukens.
From left: Johnson-Brock’s Fallon Stutheit, Omaha Marian's Lily Heim (honorary captain), Superior’s Kalynn Meyer, Omaha Skutt’s Lindsay Krause, Marian’s Emily Bressman and Papio South’s Taliyah Flores. Not pictured: Malcolm’s Jaela Zimmerman.
2016: Back row from left: Jaela Zimmerman, Malcolm; Taliyah Flores, Papillion-La Vista; Elise Baumann, Millard North; Fallon Stutheit, Johnson-Brock. Front row from left: Sarah Swanson, Elkhorn South; Alli Schomers, Omaha Skutt; Brooke Heyne, Omaha Skutt.
2015: From left: Olivia Nicholson, North Platte; Raegan LeGrand, Papillion-La Vista South; Allison Schomers, Omaha Skutt; Brittany Witt, Omaha Marian; Elizabeth Loschen, Omaha Marian; Hali McArdle, Gretna; Sarah Swanson, Elkhorn South.
2014: From left: Priscilla O'Dowd, Papillion-La Vista; Jessica Peters, Papillion-La Vista; Raegan LeGrand, Papillion-La Vista South; Megan Wickey, Omaha Concordia; Carley Remmers, Freeman; Tiani Reeves, Gothenburg; Brittany Witt, Omaha Marian.
2013: The All-Nebraska football and volleyball teams came together for a photo shoot, and the cover was designed to look like a Facebook page with the teams taking one big selfie.
2012: From left: Lexi Elman, Omaha Marian; Kelly Hunter, Papillion-La Vista South; Amber Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Sydney Townsend, Lincoln Pius X; Alyssa Frauendorfer, Humphrey; Michaela Mestl, Kearney Catholic; Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South.
2011: From left: Kelly Hunter, Papillion-La Vista South; Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Amber Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Lauren Sieckmann, Elkorn South; Katie Brand, Grand Island Central Catholic; Cassie Effken, Lincoln Pius X; Kate Elman, Omaha Marian.
2010: From left: Emily Wilson, Omaha Gross; Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Amber Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Sara McClinton, Millard North; Chelsea Albers, Papillion-La Vista; Kelly Hunter, Papillion-La Vista South; Lauren Sieckmann, Omaha Marian.
2009: Standing from left: Emily Wilson, Omaha Gross; Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Sarah Kemp, Bellevue East; Amber Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Tenisha Matlock, North Platte. Front row from left: Lauren Sieckmann, Omaha Marian; Julianne Mandolfo, Omaha Marian.
2008: From left: Natalie Braun, Lincoln Pius X; Chelsey Feekin, Papillion-La Vista; Hayley Thramer, Ewing; Jamie Straube, Johnson County; Gina Mancuso, Papillion-La Vista; Lauren Cook, Lincoln Pius X.
2007: From left: Tali Fredrickson, Grand Island Central Catholic; Caitlin Mahoney, Omaha Marian; Chelsey Feekin, Papillion-La Vista; Keelin Bourne, Millard North; Gina Mancuso, Papillion-La Vista; Lauren Cook, Lincoln Pius X.
2006: Top from left: Catie Wilson, Omaha Gross; Brooke Delano, Bellevue West; Lauren Cook, Lincoln Pius X. Bottom from left: Gabi Ailes, Bellevue West; Ann Armes, Grand Island; Gina Mancuso, Papillion-La Vista.
2005: From left: Katie Swenson, Omaha Gross; Angela Hlavaty, Lincoln Lutheran; Brooke Delano, Bellevue West; Gabi Ailes, Bellevue West; Brooke Bartek, Lincoln Northeast; Erica Burson, Omaha Gross.
2004: Front row from left: Amanda Gates, Columbus; Jordan Larson, Logan View; Alison Jacobs, Elkhorn; Rachel Schwartz, Lincoln East. Back row from left: Kyla Roehrig, Papillion-La Vista; Korie Lebeda, Omaha Marian.