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Six Rotations: State Volleyball Rankings (October 23)

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Six Rotations is back to promise you that the volleyball coverage is going to be ramped up in the next 10 days as we head to districts, sub-state and a new — earlier — state tournament. If you are reading and you would like to go see that state tournament on us, subscribe to our newsletter and then click here to enter our drawing for an NSAA NET Pass to the tournament.

Also give us a follow over on Twitter (@THEnebpreps) and (@strivsports) for up-to-date coverage and photos of post-season volleyball. Very few changes from last week, and most teams are finished with regular season play. We have a new No. 1 in Class D-2 and that is defending champion Bruning-Davenport/Shickley.

On with the rankings.

Class A

  1. Papillion-LaVista (34-1). NSAA Points: 1. Rolled through the Westside Invitational last weekend, and then were shocked by cross-town mate Papillion-LaVista South in the quarterfinals of the Metro Tournament. So, a little rest and practice before districts next week. Last week: 1.
  2. Elkhorn South (25-7). Points: 2. Battled back from two sets down to oust red-hot Gretna from the Metro tournament. We said last week, they’d need a finals appearance to stay here. Millard North on Thursday in what could be an emotional match for the Mustangs. Last week: 2.
  3.  Lincoln Pius X (26-6). Points: 3. Four straight for the Bolts who will play Lincoln Southwest in the HAC final on Thursday and are in prime position to host a district. Last week: 3.
  4. Gretna (24-9). Points: 4. Dragons keep piling up big win after big win. Have rattled off five in a row — including Millard West, Elkhorn South and Marian. Last week: 5.
  5. Omaha Marian (21-13). Points: 7. Lost to Papio twice at Westside and they stay here in front of Millard North since they beat them at the same tournament. Last week: 4. 
  6. Millard North (8-23). Points: 22. Mustangs — for now — have forfeited 14 matches for using an ineligible player after a misunderstanding of the NSAA transfer rule. So, what have they done? Gone and advanced to the finals of the Metro Conference tournament with wins over Millard West, Millard South and Papio South. A hearing scheduled for Thursday on the transfer ruling. Last week: unranked.

Class B

  1. Omaha Skutt Catholic (22-4). NSAA Playoff Points: 1. Last week: 1.
  2. Waverly (25-3). Points: 2. Last week: 2.
  3. Norris (22-9). Points: 5. Last week: 3.
  4. Omaha Duchesne Academy (17-16). Points: 6. Last week: 4.
  5. Sidney (26-3). Points: 3. Last week: 5.
  6. Platteview (20-6). Points: 4. Last week: 6.

Comments: Undefeated weeks for Skutt and Waverly and they may be on a crash course for the state finals. Norris not penalized for a loss to Lincoln Lutheran and likewise for Duchesne who went 2-3 against all Class A competition at the Westside Invitational. Platteview was 3rd at the Capital Conference tournament and it’s hard to find someone to replace them. It could have been Northwest, which won the Central 10 Tournament, but then lost to York on Tuesday.

Class C-1

  1. St. Paul (28-0). Points: 1. Last week: 1.
  2. Wahoo (24-3). Points: 2. Last week: 2.
  3. Lincoln Lutheran (31-3). Points: 3. Last week: 3.
  4. Broken Bow (26-2). Points: 4. Last week: 4.
  5. Syracuse (21-3). Points: 8. Last week: 5.
  6. Chadron (25-5). Points: 6. Last week: 6.

Comments: We’d like to thank these six teams who make our job fairly easy during the week. Only two losses from this group and both were from Syracuse and both were two Wahoo, so no penalty for the Rockets. An intriguing match between Chadron and GICC in the Alliance Invitational this weekend.

Class C-2

  1. Superior (25-2). NSAA Playoff Points: 3. Last week: 1.
  2. Hastings St. Cecilia (29-3). Points: 1. Last week: 2.
  3. Grand Island Central Catholic (20-3). Points: 2. Last week: 3.
  4. Bishop Neumann (21-9). Points: 8. Last week: 4.
  5. Lutheran High Northeast (26-6). Points: 9. Last week: unranked.
  6. Mead (21-1). Points: 4. Last week: 6.

Comments: The top-four did not have a loss during the week and remain unchanged. Superior had a sweep over then-No. 5 Thayer Central on the road and then the Titans were defeated on Tuesday by Milford in the Southern Conference tournament sending them out of the rankings and we make way for a new faces in Lutheran High Northeast. The Eagles have lost just one match since September 15th. Mead remains sixth despite a loss in their conference final to Malcolm.

Class D-1

  1. Diller-Odell (29-1). NSAA Playoff Points: 3. Last week: 1.
  2. Pleasanton (25-1). Points: 1. Last week: 2.
  3. Fremont Archbishop Bergan (25-11). Points: 4. Last week: 3.
  4. Chambers/Wheeler Central (26-2). Points: 2. Last week: 5.
  5. Overton (25-4). Points: 8. Last week: 4.
  6. Hartington Cedar Catholic (15-11). Points: 6. Last week: unranked.

Comments: No changes to the top-three, but an impressive week for Pleasanton who won the Fort Kearney tournament by sweeping Overton and followed that up with a win over Arcadia-Loup City (24-5 in C-2). The Bulldogs only loss is to Class C-2, No. 3 Grand Island CC. CWC jumps Overton and Hartington Cedar Catholic enters based on schedule strength, they have only played three class D games all season, all wins. Nipping at the rankings are HTRS, Central Valley, Meridian and Maywood-Hayes Center.

Class D-2

  1. BDS (25-3). Points: 3. Last week: 2.
  2. Lawrence-Nelson (25-4). NSAA Playoff Points: 1. Last week: 1.
  3. Wynot (21-3). Points: 2. Last week: 3.
  4. Humphrey St. Francis (18-4). Points: 5. Last week: 4.
  5. Bertrand (22-5). Points: 6. Last week: 6.
  6. Nebraska Christian (21-5). Points: 7. Last week: 5.

Comments: The top-three continue to shuffle. Barely. BDS had a firm grasp on the top spot after they defeated Lawrence-Nelson last week. But, it looked like they might give it up last night when they were taken to five sets by Giltner (19-9) in the Crossroads Conference final on Tuesday. But, a 17-15 5-set win moves them to the top. Bertrand jumps Nebraska Christian despite a loss to Southern Valley (23-4 in C-1) in the RPAC Tournament because they have no Class D-2 losses. NC lost to Humphrey St. Francis for the second time this season in the Goldenrod Conference final.

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