Millard North won three-straight sets to defeat No. 1 seeded Papillion-La Vista in the first round of the Class A State Tournament at Pinnacle Bank Arena Thursday.
The Monarchs won the opening set 25-19 before eighth-seeded Millard North won the next three 25-23, 25-9 and 25-16. Papillion-La Vista's Norah Sis tallied 19 kills to lead the team while Chloe Paschall tallied five kills and Logan Jeffus added six kills.
Head coach John Svehla said the end of the second set was a key momentum shift.
"They gained the momentum in that second set and they got a nice start to the third and when that happened you can’t let doubt creep in and that may have creeped in just a bit."
Svehla added "They had us scrambling through the last two sets."
Papio finishes the season with a 36-2 record.
In the first set, the Monarchs led 8-4 before leading 18-10. Paschall finished the set with a kill to give the Monarchs a 1-0 match lead.
Papio led 17-15 in the second set before Millard North started to climb back to take a 23-22 lead and then scored the next-two points to win the match.
The third set was all Millard North. The Mustangs led 11-4 before increasing their lead to 17-6 and then Millard North scored the next eight of 11 points to lead 2-1 in the match.
In the fourth set, Millard North jumped ahead 14-7 and kept its distance to win the set 25-16 to end the Monarchs season.
Coach Svehla said this senior class will be missed by many in the Monarch community.
"Chloe is a four year starter, Brooklyn transferred in as sophomore and is a three year starter, and Erica Broin has really grown in the program. They are great kids and great leaders. They have led us all year and that’s gonna be tough to replace, that leadership."
Svehla added "Big shoes to fill for all of our seniors."