BDS-Mullen

BDS sophomores Macy Kamler, left, and Jordan Bolte jump to block Mullen senior Courtney Rice.

LINCOLN — Jadyn Kleinschmidt had a match-high 18 kills, 20 digs and two blocks to help power top-rated BDS to a 25-13, 25-17, 25-18 victory over No. 5 Mullen Friday in the Class D-2 state semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Kleinschmidt, who entered state leading the Eagles (29-4) in kills (288), was a model of consistency in the semifinals. The 5-foot-4 senior outside hitter logged six kills in the first set, five in the second set and seven in the third.

With the exception of height, BDS coach Kari Jo Alfs said Kleinschmidt has all the attributes of a great attacker.

“She’s got hops — she can get up there and she can put it down,” Alfs said. “Jadyn is a very smart player. She reads very well at the back of the court and she can see what the other side of the court is doing.

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“She gets there on her defense and she knows what’s open out there on the court — just an all-around very smart player.”

Macy Kamler added 10 kills, three blocks and 21 digs for the Eagles, who advance to the program’s second state final after finishing second in Class D-1 in 2013. Regan Alfs had 18 assists, Jordan Bolte had 13 assists for BDS, which recorded a 34-26 advantage in kills.

“BDS is a good team and a hard-hitting team,” Mullen coach Belinda Coble said. “We just really didn’t adjust well with our block and had a lot of balls that went through the block. Defensively, we just weren’t set and ready with weight forward when they contacted the ball.”

Alysen Daniels had 10 kills for Mullen (28-4), which notched its first state volleyball win Thursday. Haley Jones finished with 16 assists and six digs for the Broncos, who face No. 6 Wynot (24-5) in a third-place game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln Northeast.

“This is the farthest we have ever come and they need take that honor and go with that and not just hang their heads about losing in the semifinals,” Mullen coach Belinda Coble said. “Hopefully (Saturday) will be our day. Third is a heck of a lot better than fourth, so that’s what we’re going to shoot for.”

BDS will play No. 2 Ewing (31-2) for the state title at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Devaney Center. Though the teams haven’t met this season, Alfs said the programs are familiar with each other and split sets in a matchup during a summer volleyball camp.

“It should be a great game,” Alfs said. 

“It’s two pretty evenly matched teams. The one with the least amount of mental errors is probably going to prevail tomorrow.”

BDS (29-4)..............25 25 25

Mullen (28-4)..........13 17 18

BDS (kills-aces-blocks): Jadyn Kleinschmidt 18-1-2, Mariah Silva 1-0-0, Sera Johnson 0-3-0, Jennifer Holtzen 0-0-1, Caitlin Mosier 0-1-0, Emilie Schardt 0-0-1, Macy Kamler 10-0-3, Jordan Bolte 1-1-0, Regan Alfs 4-2-0. Totals 34-8-7.

M: Lindey Coble 1-0-0, Alysen Daniels 10-0-0, Kaitlyn Crowe 3-0-0, Taylor Svoboda 0-1-0, Samantha Moore 4-0-3, Brooke McCully 2-0-1, Haley Jones 3-1-1, Hannan Marshall 0-0-1, Courtney Rice 3-1-3. Totals 26-3-9.

Set assists: BDS 32 (Alfs 18, Bolte 13, Kamler 1), M 22 (H.Jones 16, Coble 1, Chasek 1, Licking 1, Crowe 1, M.Jones 1, Rice 1).

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