The biggest drama of the match came in the second set, when Battle Creek overcame a 14-9 deficit to take a 22-20 lead. But St. Paul scored five of the next six points to close out the game. The Wildcats have won all 82 sets this year. “We kept believing in each other and said that we could do it,” said junior outside hitter Josie Jakubowski, who had a team-high 12 kills. “Trusting each other really helped us.”

Brooke Poppert had nine kills and Teegan Hansel eight for the Wildcats, who received 34 set assists from Olivia Poppert.

Battle Creek was led by 14 kills by Tria McLean. Riley Seifert added 12.

Battle Creek (28-6)....17   23   17

St. Paul (34-0)...........25   25   25

BC (kills-aces-blocks): Paytyn Taake 0-2-0, Makenna Taake 2-0-1, Lydia Roskeland 0-0-0, BriAnna Zohner 8-0-3, Madaline Taake 2-1-1, Kaitlyn Pochop 0-0-0, Riley Seifert 12-1-2, Renee Brummels 0-0-2, Tria McLean 14-1-2.

SP: Paige Lukasiewicz 0-0-0, Noel Roan 0-3-0, Josie Jakubowski 12-2-0, Abby Elstermeier 3-0-2, Jenna Jakubowski 5-0-0, McKenna Anderson 0-0-0, Brooke Poppert 9-0-0, Olivia Poppert 3-0-0, Teegan Hansel 8-0-0, Camryn Morgan 0-2-0.

Set assists: BC 39 (McLean 19, Pochop 16, P. Taake 2, Mad. Taake 1, Zohner 1), SP 34 (O. Poppert 34).

— Dale Miller

Broken Bow defeats Wayne

Wayne’s Lauren Pick put down eight of her match-high 27 kills in the first set to help the Blue Devils snap a streak of 10 straight state tournament sets lost dating to 2002.

But Broken Bow, making its first state trip since 2000, rallied with the help of Majesta Valasek's 24 kills.

“We knew that we came down here to do something special, and we weren’t going to give up (after the first set),” the senior outside hitter said.

Broken Bow (33-2).....22  25  25  25

Wayne (29-6).............25  20    8  18

BB (kills-aces-blocks): Sydney Carrizales 7-0-0, Madison Neely 5-1-1, Majesta Valasek 24-0-0, Kailyn Scott 3-3-0, Kya Scott 11-0-1, Emily Trotter 0-2-0, Lindsay Schauda 11-0-0.

W: Kiara Krusemark 2-1-0, Erin O’Reilly 0-1-0, Emily Longe 5-0-1, Sydney Redden 1-0-0, Emily Armstrong 10-1-0, Lauren Pick 27-1-0, Rubie Klausen 3-0-0.

Set assists: BB 60 (Ka. Scott 55, Valasek 2, Kociemba 2, Trotter 1), W 46 (Krusemark 42, Armstrong 2, Pick 2).

— Dale Miller

Lincoln Lutheran defeats Chadron

Class C-1 No. 3 Lincoln Lutheran won the first five points of each set Thursday night to defeat No. 7 Chadron 25-20, 25-15, 25-19 and move on to a rematch of last year’s state final with two-time champion Wahoo.

Chadron (31-8) in the first set closed to 22-20 before a kill by Lutheran freshman outside hitter Abby Wachal started the winning three-point surge.

Lutheran (35-3) plays Wahoo at 3 p.m. Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

— Stu Pospisil

Wahoo defeats Norfolk Catholic

Just a sophomore, Mya Larson eclipsed 1,000 career kills for the two-time defending champs.

“She’s really good at bettering the ball,” Wahoo coach Trish Larson said. “She has a lot of shots that she uses to get her kills.”

She finished with 23 Thursday to go with a match-high 22 digs. The current C1 record is 1,748, held by Lincoln Lutheran’s Marriah Buss, a senior outside hitter.

That doesn’t even include the fact that Larson had a double-double thanks to her back-row play with a match-high 22 digs.

“She also has some amazing players around her,” coach Larson said. “She has an amazing setter who gives her a really good ball.”

Elle Glock set up Larson and company with 44 assists while the defense held the Knights to 23 kills.

The Knights took one set against the Warriors during a regular-season meeting on Sept. 12, but Norfolk Catholic coach Michaela Bellar said she hopes the team’s first trip to Lincoln since 2012 will become a learning experience for her squad.

“I played in it not too long ago,” she said. “It’s a whole other environment. You’ve got a lot of fans watching, it’s loud, and it’s huge. But you’ve got to trust your training and go into it confident.”

Norfolk Catholic (23-7)... 17 20 19

Wahoo (29-3) .................25 25 25

NC (kills-aces-blocks): Carly Marshall 1-1-1, Anna Neuhalfen 0-1-0, Abby Miller 2-0-1, Hayden Wolf 9-2-0, Channatee Robles 6-1-0, Jozy Piper 5-0-4. Totals 23-5-6.

WAH (kills-aces-blocks): Kendal Brigham 0-1-0, Mya Larson 23-0-1, Mya Emerson 8-0-3, Elle Glock 4-0-3, Kelsie Sears 12-1-0, Lillian Mann 8-0-0. Totals 55-2-7.

— Nick Benes

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