No. 3 Lincoln Lutheran def. No. 2 Wahoo 25-22, 25-20, 25-18

It was payback time for Lincoln Lutheran.

The Warriors avenged a loss to Wahoo in last year’s Class C-1 final by winning Friday’s semifinal.

“Our girls stuck with the game plan,” Lutheran coach Sue Ziegler said. “Every girl stepped up and I think our hitting percentage was pretty incredible.”

Leading the way — as usual — was senior outside hitter Marriah Buss. The Wichita State recruit, who is second all time in the state in kills, finished with 19.

“We rely on Marriah,” Ziegler said. “But everybody contributed today.”

The match didn’t start well for two-time defending champ Wahoo, which netted a serve on the opening point. It was one of several serving errors during the match, something coach Trish Larson attributed to nerves.

“Our passing and our serve receive also were issues today,” she said.

Lutheran led most of the first set and finished it off on a kill by freshman Abby Wachal. She made her presence felt throughout the match with 10 kills.

Ziegler’s squad held a narrow lead for much of the second set and pulled away late with a 6-0 run. Lutheran grabbed the set on another Wahoo service error.

Lutheran didn’t let up in the third set. Larson used timeouts with Wahoo trailing 8-4 and 14-7, but that didn’t help. Lutheran continued to edge away and finished off the sweep on a kill by Buss.

Mya Larson, the coach’s daughter, had 19 kills to pace Wahoo.

“We just couldn’t seem to get anything going,” Trish Larson said. “But I’m proud of our girls for not giving up.”

Lincoln Lutheran (36-3).. 25 25 25

Wahoo (29-4)................. 22 20 18

LL (kills-aces-blocks): Lexie Kriezel 0-1-0, Ashlyn DeBoer 4-1-1, Molli Martin 3-0-5, Samantha Scholz 0-0-1, Abigail Wohlgemuth 8-0-0, Marriah Buss 19-0-2, Abby Wachal 10-0-0.

W: Mya Larson 19-1-1, Taylor Luben 2-0-0, Mya Emerson 1-0-1, Elle Glock 3-0-0, Kelsie Sears 11-1-0, Lillian Mann 9-0-0.

Set assists: LL 40 (DeBoer 20, Paige Trutna 16, Kreizel 3, Scholz 1); W 40 (Glock 37, Kendal Brigham 3).

— Mike Patterson

No. 1 St. Paul def. No. 4 Broken Bow 23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-18

St. Paul lost its first set in 35 matches, but still kept a perfect record in the match category.

“We really weren’t expecting to go undefeated in sets during the season,” said senior Brooke Poppert, who had a team-high 17 kills. “(The rest of the match) showed how we can come back from that.”

Now, the Wildcats will shoot for their first state title. 

As the match went on, St. Paul’s balance started to show. Poppert’s 17th kill came on match point while Josie Jakubowski had 16 and Teegan Hansel chipped in 13. Olivia Poppert added 54 assists.

Broken Bow (33-3)... 25 22 15 18

St. Paul (35-0).......... 23 25 25 25

BB (kills-aces-blocks): Valasek 16-1-0, Kya Scott 7-0-2, Neely 7-0-0, Schauda 5-0-0, Carrizales 3-0-1, Ka. Scott 2-0-0. Totals 40-2-3.

SP: Poppert 17-0-0, Jo. Jakubowski 16-2-0, Hansel 13-0-0, Je. Jakubowski 6-0-0, Elstermeier 5-0-0, Poppert 3-0-0, Lukasiewicz 0-1-0, Roan 0-1-0, Morgan 0-1-0. Totals: 60-5-0.

Set assists: BB 55 (Ka. Scott 35, Kya Scott 18, Trotter 2), SP 55 (Poppert 54, Morgan 1).

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