It was business as usual Saturday for Papillion-La Vista, which kept its perfect record intact.
The top-ranked Monarchs moved to 33-0 by defeating Omaha Marian in the final of the Omaha Westside Invitational. Papio posted a 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 25-20 victory over the fifth-ranked Crusaders.
It was the fourth tournament the Monarchs have captured this season, though a quick start by Marian seemed to put Saturday’s title in jeopardy. The Crusaders sprinted to a 9-1 lead in the first set but couldn’t hold it.
“I think the way we came back in that opening set was a big key,’’ Papillion-La Vista coach John Svehla said. “We started off slowly but remained composed, which is the way this team always seems to be.’’
Papio erased that early deficit behind the strong serving of libero Samantha Riggs. The Monarchs went on a 10-1 run to move ahead 11-10.
“It was awesome to get off to that fast start,’’ Marian coach Amy McLeay said. “But we needed to keep up that intensity for the entire set.’’
Creighton recruit Norah Sis had six of her match-high 26 kills in that first set, including the final two to put Papio up 1-0 in the match.
The Crusaders fought back in the second set, pulling away from a 19-19 tie to win by five points. Amanda Loschen had her only kill of the match on the final point.
Papio took charge in the third set with the help of Sis, who had eight kills. The Monarchs continued to pull away and took the set and a 2-1 lead in the match on a kill by Chloe Paschal.
Svehla’s squad kept up the pressure in the fourth set, opening a 15-9 lead. Papio extended that advantage to 22-11 before the Crusaders made it interesting, winning the next seven points.
The Monarchs regrouped to take the match on a Marian hitting error and kills by setter Brooklyn Schram and Paschal.
Paschal finished with 10 kills while Schram and Logan Jeffus each had seven. Schram also handed out 44 assists.
Svehla said it was tough for his squad to capture a semifinal match and then wait two hours for the final.
“Maybe that had something to do with our slow start,’’ he said. “But they had to play a semifinal and turn around to play the final right away, so that was their challenge.’’
Payton Kirchhoefer led the Crusaders with 16 kills while Katie Kilzer added 10. Sarah Montague dished out 27 assists for Marian, which fell to 19-12.
It was the third time in nine days that the teams have played.
“They know our tendencies and we know theirs,’’ Svehla said. “I was glad we were able to respond today and get the win.’’
Both teams will return to action Monday at the Metro Conference tournament, to be take place at Ralston Arena.
Omaha Marian (19-12)........22 25 15 20
Papillion-La Vista (33-0).....25 20 25 25
OM (kills-aces-blocks): Katie Kilzer 10-0-1, Bri Eilderts 4-0-2, Payton Kirchhoefer 16-0-2, MC Daubendiek 7-0-2, Sophi Steffes 6-0-3, Amanda Loschen 1-0-1. Totals 44-0-11.
PLV: Norah Sis 26-0-3, Samantha Riggs 0-2-0, Brooklyn Schram 7-1-0, Logan Jeffus 7-0-0, Erica Broin 5-0-2, Karli Ahlers 3-0-3, Chloe Paschal 10-1-0. Totals 58-4-8.
Set assists: OM 39 (Montague 27, Katelyn Malick 7, Ellie Miller 2, Kilzer 1, Kirchhoefer 1, Alexa Blaine 1); PLV 52 (Schram 44, Riggs 6, Paschal 1, Ashlee Fettin 1).
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From left, Emily Bressman of Omaha Marian, Kalynn Meyer of Superior, Jaiden Centeno of Millard West, Lindsay Krause of Omaha Skutt, McKenna Ruch of Millard North and Marriah Buss of Lincoln Lutheran. Not pictured: Millard North’s Izzy Lukens.
From left: Johnson-Brock’s Fallon Stutheit, Omaha Marian's Lily Heim (honorary captain), Superior’s Kalynn Meyer, Omaha Skutt’s Lindsay Krause, Marian’s Emily Bressman and Papio South’s Taliyah Flores. Not pictured: Malcolm’s Jaela Zimmerman.
Back row from left: Jaela Zimmerman, Malcolm; Taliyah Flores, Papillion-La Vista; Elise Baumann, Millard North; Fallon Stutheit, Johnson-Brock. Front row from left: Sarah Swanson, Elkhorn South; Alli Schomers, Omaha Skutt; Brooke Heyne, Omaha Skutt.
From left: Olivia Nicholson, North Platte; Raegan LeGrand, Papillion-La Vista South; Allison Schomers, Omaha Skutt; Brittany Witt, Omaha Marian; Elizabeth Loschen, Omaha Marian; Hali McArdle, Gretna; Sarah Swanson, Elkhorn South.
From left: Priscilla O'Dowd, Papillion-La Vista; Jessica Peters, Papillion-La Vista; Raegan LeGrand, Papillion-La Vista South; Megan Wickey, Omaha Concordia; Carley Remmers, Freeman; Tiani Reeves, Gothenburg; Brittany Witt, Omaha Marian.
The All-Nebraska football and volleyball teams came together for a photo shoot, and the cover was designed to look like a Facebook page with the teams taking one big selfie.
From left: Lexi Elman, Omaha Marian; Kelly Hunter, Papillion-La Vista South; Amber Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Sydney Townsend, Lincoln Pius X; Alyssa Frauendorfer, Humphrey; Michaela Mestl, Kearney Catholic; Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South.
From left: Kelly Hunter, Papillion-La Vista South; Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Amber Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Lauren Sieckmann, Elkorn South; Katie Brand, Grand Island Central Catholic; Cassie Effken, Lincoln Pius X; Kate Elman, Omaha Marian.
From left: Emily Wilson, Omaha Gross; Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Amber Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Sara McClinton, Millard North; Chelsea Albers, Papillion-La Vista; Kelly Hunter, Papillion-La Vista South; Lauren Sieckmann, Omaha Marian.
Standing from left: Emily Wilson, Omaha Gross; Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Sarah Kemp, Bellevue East; Amber Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South; Tenisha Matlock, North Platte. Front row from left: Lauren Sieckmann, Omaha Marian; Julianne Mandolfo, Omaha Marian.
From left: Natalie Braun, Lincoln Pius X; Chelsey Feekin, Papillion-La Vista; Hayley Thramer, Ewing; Jamie Straube, Johnson County; Gina Mancuso, Papillion-La Vista; Lauren Cook, Lincoln Pius X.
From left: Tali Fredrickson, Grand Island Central Catholic; Caitlin Mahoney, Omaha Marian; Chelsey Feekin, Papillion-La Vista; Keelin Bourne, Millard North; Gina Mancuso, Papillion-La Vista; Lauren Cook, Lincoln Pius X.
Top from left: Catie Wilson, Omaha Gross; Brooke Delano, Bellevue West; Lauren Cook, Lincoln Pius X. Bottom from left: Gabi Ailes, Bellevue West; Ann Armes, Grand Island; Gina Mancuso, Papillion-La Vista.
From left: Katie Swenson, Omaha Gross; Angela Hlavaty, Lincoln Lutheran; Brooke Delano, Bellevue West; Gabi Ailes, Bellevue West; Brooke Bartek, Lincoln Northeast; Erica Burson, Omaha Gross.
Front row from left: Amanda Gates, Columbus; Jordan Larson, Logan View; Alison Jacobs, Elkhorn; Rachel Schwartz, Lincoln East. Back row from left: Kyla Roehrig, Papillion-La Vista; Korie Lebeda, Omaha Marian.