It was the Kalynn Meyer show at Lincoln Southwest. The Husker commit and Wildcats junior had 30 kills in the four-set win. “This was the best game she’s played,” Superior coach Kelsea Blevins said. “You see a 16-year-old kid that is probably under some pressure, but she was just having so much fun.” Meyer’s freshman sister, Shayla, also contributed, collecting four service aces and nine kills. The Mustangs dominated the first two sets and it looked like it was going to be more of the same as they led 14-11 in the third set. But Freeman wasn’t going to go out that easy. The Falcons went on a 6-0 run and won the set as Kayla Haynes tallied five of her 19 kills on the way to a 25-19 win to force a fourth set. It was more of the same to start the fourth, as Freeman led 5-0 early on. “We thought that we could come out and have that momentum,” Falcon coach Scott Anderson said, “but they just served well, and man, they hit.” A 10-0 scoring run by the Wildcats closed the door on a Freeman comeback as Trisha Hayes served four straight aces for Superior during the run. Kalynn Meyer dominated the set with eight kills and two blocks. “We have a little bit more confidence than last year,” Blevins said. “We are starting two freshmen. So we’re adjusting.”
Superior (30-2)..................25 25 19 25
Freeman (21-12)...............16 21 25 10
Superior (kills-aces-blocks): Kalynn Meyer 30-1-6, Shayla Meyer 10-0-3, Cailyn Barry 3-0-1, Trisha Hayes 3-4-1, Teghan Sullivan 5-2-1, Emma Schnakenberg 0-2-2, Sierra Blackburn 0-3-0.
Freeman: Kayla Haynes 19-0-0, Macy Holland 5-0-0, Josalynn Podtburg 5-1-0, Emma Alberts 3-0-2, Ashley Parde 1-0-0, Brooklyn Ideus 2-0-0, Taylor Anderson 0-2-0, Rachel Buehler 0-1-0.
Set assists: S, Sullivan 36, S. Meyer 9, Schanekenberg 1, Blackburn 1. F, Ideus 32, Haynes 2.
— Ross Miller
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No. 1 Stanton def. No. 8 Battle Creek 25-22, 25-23, 25-17
Stanton struggled in the first two sets before putting away the Bravettes. A relieved Stanton coach Tracy Kuester-Burtwistle gave Battle Creek props. “They went out and played fearless,” she said. “They got us a little bit out of our rhythm but our girls stepped back and made some adjustments we needed to make on our side and made sure we were able to finish and capitalize when we needed to make those points happen.” Battle Creek led for much of the second set and a Tria McLean kill gave it a 23-22 edge. But Stanton’s Liz Christensen recorded a kill to tie it up and two Bravette errors ended the set. Jessie Brandl had 19 kills for Stanton, Reba Waskowiak 14 and Bree Burtwistle 11.
Stanton (30-1)........................25 25 25
Battle Creek (22-10)...............22 23 17
Stanton (kills-aces-blocks): Reba Waskowiak 14-0-2, Liz Christensen 4-2-0, Bree Burtwistle 11-1-0, Ellie Locke 1-0-0, Jessie Brandl 19-0-0, Jaiden Brandl 0-1-0.
Battle Creek: Tria McLean 10-0-1, Rachel Schlote 5-0-1, Riley Seifert 6-1-4, Cora Gillespie 2-0-1, Madaline Taake 3-4-0, BriAnna Zohner 3-0-1, Brynn Hamer 0-1-0, Makenna Taake 1-0-2, Shelby Obst 0-4-0.
Set assists: S, Burtwistle 24, Makenna Espinoza 16, Brandl 2, Christensen 1. BC, McLean 15, Hamer 12, Obst 4, Schlote 1.
No. 3 Blue Hill def. No. 6 Hastings St. Cecilia 25-17, 25-23, 25-22
Madison Menke’s 15 kills led Blue Hill to a sweep, and the Bobcats’ third win over St. Cecilia this season. Blue Hill stopped late runs in the second and third set by the Hawkettes. “They’ve learned to fight through those lows and downs,” Blue Hill coach Kristi Allen said. After Blue Hill ran away with the first set, it had a 23-18 lead in the second. St. Cecilia scored five straight points. The Hawkettes had an unforced error and then Blue Hill’s Kacey Allen ended the set with a kill. “In the second set we battled back to tie it,” St. Cecilia coach Alan VanCura said. “We just didn’t make the plays down at the end.” In the third set, St. Cecilia led 19-14 but Blue Hill was able to come back on two kills by Emily Meyer and three by Menke, tying the match. “I just believed in us,” Madison Menke said. “I knew we just had to step up and keep going.” Menke and Emily Meyer later had four more kills for a 24-22 lead, then Allen ended the match with a kill.
Hastings St. Cecilia (22-11) 17 23 22
Blue Hill (30-2) 25 25 25
Hastings St. Cecilia (kills-aces-blocks): Lexi Vertin 5-0-1, Katharine Hamburger 4-0-0, Chloe McCauley 3-0-0, Gracie Daly 0-1-0, Makenna Asher 11-2-0, Addie Kirkegaard 0-0-3, Tori Thomas 10-0-0.
Blue Hill: Brooklyn Kohmetscher 0-0-3, Jamie Bonifas 1-0-0, Rylee Kohmetscher 11-0-4, Kacey Allen 12-1-0, Madison Menke 15-0-0, Emily Meyer 9-0-4, Brianna Danehey 1-0-0.
Set assists: HSC, Asher 16, Madelyn Redding 11, Hamburger 2, McCauley 2, Kate Landgren 1, Thomas 1. BH, Bonifas 43.
— Ron Petersen
No. 4 Hartington Cedar Catholic def. No. 5 Thayer Central 25-18, 25-15, 23-25, 22-25, 15-9
Cedar Catholic (29-4) breezed through the first two sets, lost the momentum in the middle of the third, then rebounded just in time in the middle of the fifth to advance. Jada Cattau, with a match-high 22 kills, was one of four Trojans in double-digits. Madison Wieseler was next with 12, Abigail Hochstein had 11 and Brianna Miller 10. Maddison Williams had 21 kills and Emily Welch 19 for Thayer Central.
Thayer Central (26-7)........................18 15 25 25 9
Hartington Cedar Catholic (29-4)......25 25 23 22 15
Thayer Central (kills-aces-blocks): Maddison Williams 21-0-1, Emily Welch 19-1-0, Katelyn Richardson 7-1-0, Maggie Harris 6-0-0, Stephanie Meyer 0-1-0, Jasa Wiedel 3-0-2, Chloe Souerdyke 4-0-3.
HCC: Jada Cattau 22-2-1, Madison Wieseler 12-1-0, Abigail Hochstein 11-1-0, Brianna Miller 10-3-1, Tori Arens 3-0-1, Kenlee Goeden 7-0-0.
Set assists: TC, Wiedel 49, Sydney Havel 1, Souerdyke 1, Meyer 1, Welch 1. HCC, Wieseler 34, Aiden Wortmann 18, Arens 4, Miller 1, Megan Heimes 1.
— Paul Hughes