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Six Rotations: State Volleyball Rankings (October 17)

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An abbreviated Six Rotations this week as we grind through coverage of state girls golf, state softball and boys state tennis. Give us a follow over on Twitter (@THEnebpreps) and (@strivsports) for up-to-date coverage and photos from each event. Very few changes from last week, but some big games tonight that could impact next weeks ranking which will be the final set of the regular season.

Class A

  1. Papillion-LaVista (28-0). NSAA Points: 1. Swept their way to a pair of victories over ranked teams last week at the Pius Triangular taking down No. 3 Pius and No. 4 Omaha Marian. Moved up two spots to 11th nationally by MaxPreps this week. Westside Invite and Metro Tournament all that is left for Papio. Last week: 1.
  2. Elkhorn South (23-7). Points: 2. Beat Millard North last week, but lost to Gretna. Still, overall strength of schedule wins out in this ranking. Just Metro’s is all that’s left for the Storm, who will need a strong showing (the finals maybe) to stay here. Last week: 3. 
  3. Lincoln Pius X (21-5). Points: 3. Got a big sweep of Marian at their triangular and also a sweep of Kearney for a little momentum back as the stretch run nears. Lincoln High tonight before they are the favorites at the HAC Tournament. Likely need to win that tournament to stay here. Last week: 5.
  4. Omaha Marian (17-10). Points: 7. Buoyed by a big week last week Marian vaulted to second, but then we jinxed them in a pair of losses to Pius and Papio at the Pius Triangular. Still not horrible losses that drop them to fourth. Bounce back win over Bellevue East before Westside Invitational this weekend. Last week: 2. 
  5. Gretna (21-9). Points: 4. Dragons are back in the rankings this week after losing to Marian on October 8th, they bounced back with wins over Millard West and Elkhorn South. Omaha Bryan tonight and then Metro’s next week for the Dragons. Lydia Yost and Skyler McCune are 5th and 6th in the state in kills. Last week: unranked.
  6. Millard West (18-10). Points: 5. The Wildcats hang on to this spot after a 2-2 showing at the Omaha Skutt Invitational (losses to Skutt and St.Thomas Aquinas (KS)). Also lost to Millard North on Tuesday, can’t move the Mustangs in due to their forfeiture of 14 matches for using an ineligible player. Last week: 4.

Class B

  1. Omaha Skutt Catholic (19-4). NSAA Playoff Points: 1. Last week: 1.
  2. Waverly (25-3). Points: 2. Last week: 2.
  3. Norris (20-8). Points: 4. Last week: 4.
  4. Omaha Duchesne Academy (14-11). Points: 6. Last week: 3.
  5. Sidney (25-2). Points: 3. Last week: 5.
  6. Platteview (16-4). Points: 5. Last week: 6.

Comments: Norris is rewarded a bump in the rankings for defeating Waverly, but still trails the Vikings on overall season schedule. Duchesne falls a spot because of Norris’ win and their loss to Waverly. Sidney is not penalized for a 4-1 week where that went 1-1 against Chadron. Skutt lost to St. Thomas Aquinas (KS) at their invite, but is not penalized. Platteview could meet Wahoo in the Capital Conference final.

The St. Paul Wildcats have been all smiles this year, especially here after winning the Harvest Invitational in Gothenburg. (nebpreps / @StPaulVB Twitter)

Class C-1

  1. St. Paul (27-0). Points: 1. Last week: 1.
  2. Wahoo (20-3). Points: 3. Last week: 2.
  3. Lincoln Lutheran (25-3). Points: 4. Last week: 3.
  4. Broken Bow (23-2). Points: 6. Last week: 4.
  5. Syracuse (19-1). Points: 6. Last week: 5.
  6. Chadron (18-3). Points: 3. Last week: 6.

Comments: No changes from last week, but it was a big one for Lincoln Lutheran as they won the Centennial Conference championship in a field with five ranked teams. Syracuse could meet Wahoo in the Capitol Conference tournament and they still have a regular season meeting left as well.

Class C-2

  1. Superior (22-2). NSAA Playoff Points: 3. Last week: 1.
  2. Hastings St. Cecilia (27-3). Points: 1. Last week: 2.
  3. Grand Island Central Catholic (19-3). Points: 2. Last week: 3.
  4. Bishop Neumann (15-9). Points: 11. Last week: 4.
  5. Thayer Central (23-4). Points: 5. Last week: 5.
  6. Mead (20-0). Points: 4. Last week: unranked

Comments: Well, we may look halfway smart for the top-three after a solid week for all of them. St. Cecilia was third and GICC the runner-up at the Centennial Tournament, but neither moves as they didn’t play and both lost to Lincoln Lutheran. A big match tonight, as Thayer Central hosts Superior. Fillmore Central’s loss to Adams Central, opens the way for undefeated Mead who has played just 11 of 20 games against Class C teams.

Class D-1

  1. Diller-Odell (26-1). NSAA Playoff Points: 2. Last week: 1.
  2. Pleasanton (22-1). Points: 1. Last week: 2.
  3. Fremont Archbishop Bergan (23-11). Points: 4. Last week: 3.
  4. Overton (25-2). Points: 7. Last week: 4.
  5. Chambers/Wheeler Central (24-2). Points: 3. Last week: 5.
  6. Central Valley (21-4). Points: 11. Last week: 6.

Comments: Only two losses from this group last week and both were by Fremont Bergan in the Centennial Tournament. Those losses, however, were to Lincoln Lutheran and Hastings St. Cecilia. Maywood-Hayes Center has moved to 24-0 out west and knocking on the door of a ranking, but schedule strength still a concern as they have yet to play a Division 1 team in the NSAA points.

Class D-2

  1. Lawrence-Nelson (21-3). NSAA Playoff Points: 1. Last week: 1.
  2. BDS (20-3). Points: 2. Last week: 3.
  3. Wynot (17-3). Points: 3. Last week: 2.
  4. Humphrey St. Francis (13-4). Points: 7. Last week: 4.
  5. Nebraska Christian (17-4). Points: 6. Last week: 5.
  6. Bertrand (18-4). Points: 5. Last week: 6.

Comments: BDS jumps past Wynot after the Blue Devils went 1-2 at the Wisner-Pilger Invitational. However, the Eagles will meet No. 1 Lawrence-Nelson tonight at a triangular with High Plains. No changes to the bottom three.

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