BDS advances, Exeter-Milligan and Thayer Central get bounced at state volleyball

LINCOLN, NE – The No. 2 BDS Eagles volleyball team (28-4) scored a straight sets win over No. 7 Cody-Kilgore (25-6) on Thursday in the first round of the Class D2 state volleyball tournament at Lincoln Southeast High School.

The Eagles dominated sets one (25-15) and two (25-12), but got a late push from Cody-Kilgore before holding off the Cowboys 25-23 in the third and final set.

BDS, back in the state tournament for the second consecutive year, was led in scoring by senior outside hitter Jadyn Kleinschmidt, who had 10 kills and three aces.

Junior right-side hitter/setter Regan Alfs was close behind with nine kills, two kills and a block.

The Eagles finished with 13 ace serves as a team.

Cody-Kilgore was led by senior middle hitter Addison Johnson, who tallied a match-high 11 kills to go with three blocks.

Johnson’s 384 kills this season are the second most of any player in Class D2.

Thursday was the Cowboys’ first appearance at the state volleyball tournament since 1984.

BDS will face No. 3 Mullen (28-3) at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday at 11 a.m. The game will be carried live on Ol’ Red 99.5.

No. 4 Wynot 3, No. 5 Exeter-Milligan 1

The defending state champion Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves (23-9) built a 21-10 lead in the first set against Wynot, but the Blue Devils (24-4) ended that set on a 15-1 run, and went on to win Thursday’s match 3-1 at Lincoln Southeast in a first round matchup in Class D2.

Wynot won set one, 25-22. Exeter-Milligan bounced back with a convincing 25-18 win in set two and battled in sets three and four, but the Blue Devils snuck away with 26-24 and 25-22 victories in sets three and four, respectively.

Wynot, who’s back at state for the first time since being runners-up in 2016, was led in scoring by freshman outside hitter Karley Heimes, who had seven total kills.

The Blue Devils got contributions from all over the floor Thursday. Senior right-side hitter Whitney Hochstein was especially tough defensively, with a match-high eight kills. She also had four kills.

Junior middle hitter Shaelee Planer also knocked down five kills, four blocks and three aces.

Exeter-Milligan, who made the state tournament for the fifth consecutive season, will not be playing in the semifinal round of the bracket for the first time since 2013 and only the second time since 2008.

Senior middles Katherine White and Kate Jansky played the final match of their high school career Thursday. White knocked down 17 kills, six aces and a block. She led all of Class D2 this season with a staggering 431 kills.

Jansky tallied 14 kills, seven blocks and two aces. She finished her senior campaign with 322 kills.

Sophomore libero Jaiden Papik was also impressive, serving a season-high nine aces. The Timberwolves had 21 ace serves as a team.

Wynot was able to counter with 17 team blocks. The Blue Devils will face No. 1 Ewing (30-2) on Thursday at 9 a.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena

No. 5 Hartington Central Catholic 3, No. 4 Thayer Central 2

Hartington Cedar Catholic made quick work of Thayer Central – in the first two sets.

The Trojans (29-4) dominated the Titans (26-7) in the first two sets, 25-18 and 25-15, but Thayer Central rallied in sets three (25-23) and four (25-22 ) to force a decisive set five.

The Titans led 9-8 in a back and forth affair, but Hartington CC reeled off a 7-0 scoring run to take set five, 15-9, and take the match, 3-2, at Lincoln Southwest High School on Thursday evening.

Thayer Central, who made state for the first time since 2012, finished with its most wins in a season since 2010.

The Titans had five seniors play their final high school match Thursday. One of them, outside hitter Maddison Williams, had a match-high 22 kills. Fellow senior and outside hitter Emily Welch put up 18 kills and two aces.

Welch’s 782 kills are the second most in Class C2 in 2018.

For the victorious Trojans, senior outside hitter Jada Cattau led her team with 20 kills and two aces. She was key in closing out set five, with five of her kills coming in the fifth frame.

Senior middle Brianna Miller, who was Hartington CC’s server during their game-winning 7-0 run in set five, posted 10 kills, three aces and two blocks.

The Trojans had five players who finished with six or more kills.

With their first round win, Hartington CC has a date with the squad who beat them in last year’s Class C2 title game – Superior.

The No. 1 Wildcats (30-2) topped No. 8 Freeman, 3-1, on Thursday. The Falcons, who made state for the first time since 2015, ended their season at 21-12.

Other area finals:

Class D1 –  No. 3 Humphery/Lindsay Holy Family 3, No. 6 Diller-Odell 2. Read more about that game here.

Class B – No. 3 Duchesne 3, No. 6 Norris 0

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