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Omaha Skutt coach Renee Saunders didn't call it payback.

But she did say that her volleyball team's win over Papillion-La Vista on Saturday shows how far the SkyHawks have come this season.

"I'd say it's more of a measuring stick,'' Saunders said. "It shows that we're improving, and I like to see that.''

Skutt's 21-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-15 win over Papio was one of the featured matches at the Midwest Volleyball Face Off at Ralston Arena. The eight-match event drew seven ranked teams and Olathe Northwest, one of the top teams from Kansas.

The SkyHawks, ranked No. 1 in Class B, lost to the Class A No. 3 Monarchs on the opening weekend of the season. Five weeks later, Skutt evened the score.

Papio trailed 21-18 in the first set but rattled off seven straight points to take an early lead in the match. Senior Sydney Fitzgibbons had four kills during that run and setter Brooklyn Schram ended the set with a block.

The Monarchs appeared on their way to a two-set lead, opening a 15-9 advantage in the second. But the SkyHawks battled back, rallying for the 27-25 win on an ace by senior Megan Sutera.

Skutt rode that momentum into the third set, opening an 8-3 advantage. Papio rallied to tie the set at 9-9 and it would be tied six more times before the SkyHawks went ahead to stay on a block by Lily Heyne.

The Monarchs inched to 23-22 on a kill by Chloe Paschal but kills by Heyne and freshman Lindsay Krause gave the SkyHawks a 2-1 edge in the match.

Skutt dominated the fourth set, grabbing leads of 10-6 and 19-12. Papio coach Kristen Lebeda-Svehla used both her timeouts to try to stem the tide but the SkyHawks eventually won the match on a kill by Megan Skovsende.

"That's a very good team,'' Saunders said. "It was another good match and I know this one will help make us better.''

The SkyHawks had five players finish in double-digits for kills. Heyne had a team-high 17 while Krause had 15, Skovsende and Sydney McDermott 11 each and Cameron Cartwright 10.

Senior setter Delaney Saucier doled out 52 assists.

Fitzgibbons belted 17 kills to pace Papio while freshman Norah Sis had 14 and Paschal eight. Schram dished out 35 assists.

Skutt wasn't the only top-ranked team competing Saturday. Johnson-Brock, ranked No. 1 in Class D-1, played a match against Class B Omaha Roncalli.

The Eagles moved to 20-1 with a 25-14, 25-13, 24-26, 26-24 win over the Crimson Pride.

Fallon Stutheit had a monster match, pounding 33 kills. The first-team All-Nebraska selection set a D-1 state record last year with 539 kills to help Johnson-Brock win its second straight state title.

Senior setter Brynn Westenburg, who recently broke the D-1 record for assists, had 46 against Roncalli.

"We didn't play this past week so I think we were a little rusty,'' Eagles coach Tera Stutheit said. "But I was happy that we were able to finish.''

Johnson-Brock rallied from a 24-22 deficit in the fourth set, winning the last four points and the match.

Halle Meister paced the Crimson Pride with 13 kills.

"She's a really good all-around player,'' Tera Stutheit said. "She definitely gave us some problems.''

Other results Saturday:

Millard West 3, Grand Island NW 0

The Wildcats, ranked No. 4 in Class A, prevailed over the Class B No. 4 Vikings 25-16, 25-18, 25-17. Millard West moved its record to 18-4.

Olathe NW 3, Millard North 1

The Ravens defeated the Class A No. 6 Mustangs 26-24, 24-26, 25-20, 25-18. Millard North fell to 15-10.

Papillion-La Vista South 3, Grand Island NW 0

The Class A No. 7 Titans swept the Vikings 25-15, 25-21, 25-21. Taliyah Flores had 20 kills to pace Papio South.

Millard West 3, Lincoln Pius 1

The Wildcats won their second match of the day, beating the Thunderbolts 21-25, 25-11, 25-21, 25-21. Lauren Taubenheim and Delaney Humm each had 10 kills for Pius.

Olathe NW 3, Omaha Skutt 1

The Kansas squad won its second match of the day, defeating the SkyHawks 25-23, 23-25, 27-25, 25-15. Skutt fell to 20-5.

Fort Calhoun 3, Omaha Northwest 0

The Class C-1 Pioneers defeated the Class A Huskies 25-18, 25-15, 25-12. Fort Calhoun moved its record to 11-11.

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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