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Six Rotations: State Volleyball Rankings

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We regret the lack of volleyball coverage as we have relaunched and built the website for Nebraska High School sports fan, but our coverage here must ramp up as we head toward the back half of the regular season and toward conference and district tournament time.

Brief reminders of some minor changes to postseason volleyball this year. The season has moved up a week, so state volleyball is November 7, 8 and 9 with sub-state matches (one of the greatest Saturdays we have in the NSAA calendar) on Saturday, November 2 with sub-districts during the week prior.

No districts are preset in Class A. The teams are in a serpentine based on the points structure into seven districts; top seed hosts and. Seven winners and a wild card qualifier are the eight teams to state.

At 26 teams, Class B has some adjustments. They have six 3-team subdistricts and two 4-team subdistricts. The top-seed in each will be the host, but they are pre-determined by geography. The eight winners advance to sub-state Saturday, followed by the next eight in the wild card points (so, in theory, each team in a sub-district could advance). Those 16 teams are seeded 1-16 with winner-take-all district finals at the top-seed.

Classes C-1 to D-2 work a similar format with neutral site sub-districts (12 of those) and then the district final participants are the 12 winners and next four wild card teams. Those teams are seeded, but select neutral sites for their district final games. District assignments are here.

So, what would be a fun way to start our volleyball coverage. We thought of Six Rotations. Six classes. The top-six in each class. As this is our first stab there will be plenty of room for improvement. (Trust us, and hit us up on Twitter, we’d love to interact with our people).

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Class A

  1. Papillion-LaVista (25-0). NSAA Points: 1. Not sure even we could screw this one up. The Monarchs have been as advertised so far. They have dropped seven sets all season, but have been tested. Norah Sis leads the state with 273 kills.
  2. Elkhorn South (17-3). Points: 2. The Storm are the lone team to take two sets from Papio back on September 12, but swept at the LPS Classic. Their only other loss to Cedar Rapids, IA. Ibinye Green and Nebraska pledge Rylee Gray are each over 200 kills.
  3. Lincoln Pius X (16-3). Points: 3. Have won six in a row including their own invite. Their two-setter system of junior Hannah Phan (273 assists) and freshman Adison Markowski (278) seems to be beginning to click.
  4. Gretna (15-6). Points: 6. The Dragons have been through plenty since before the season, but they have played well all season. Two losses to Papio, two more to Pius (with a win mixed in). Five set matches with Millard West and Elkhorn South mid-month give another good gauge.
  5. Millard North (15-7). Points: 4. The defending champs have fought injuries, but and have five of their losses to three of the teams above them. Then, losses to St. James Academy and Cedar Rapids, IA at their own invitational. Setter Izzy Lukens is third in the state in assists.
  6. Millard West (12-6). Points: 5. The Wildcats just edge out Millard South for the final spot here. Again, only losses to teams in front of them they get a 5-set shot at Millard South next Tuesday to duke this one out. Sophomore Sadie Millard leads the state in blocks.

Class B

  1. Omaha Skutt Catholic (14-3). NSAA Playoff Points: 1.
  2. Waverly (17-0). Points: 2.
  3. Omaha Duchesne Academy (12-10). Points: 6.
  4. Norris (15-8). Points: 5.
  5. Sidney (15-2). Points: 3.
  6. Platteview (14-4). Points: 4.

Comments: Will take a bunch of work to knock off defending champion Omaha Skutt. No Class B losses and they keep getting stronger as the season moves along. Waverly plugs along unbeaten and Duchesne is an interesting case study at 12-10 (nine of their 10 losses to Class A teams).

Class C-1

  1. St. Paul (20-0). Points: 1.
  2. Lincoln Lutheran (15-2). Points: 8.
  3. Broken Bow (15-2). Points: 7.
  4. Wahoo (13-2). Points: 5.
  5. Columbus Lakeview (15-2). Points: 2.
  6. Syracuse (14-1). Points: 6.

Comments: A loaded top-four that has a little bit of clarity as 2-4 were all in the Seward Invitational that Mariah Buss and Lincoln Lutheran won. Wahoo — the defending champions — is the low spot having lost to Broken Bow, who then lost to Lutheran in the finals. Bow’s other loss came to top-ranked St. Paul. Lakeview here off a 3-1 win over Columbus Scotus on Tuesday.

Class C-2

  1. Hastings St. Cecilia (19-1). NSAA Playoff Points: 1.
  2. Grand Island Central Catholic (13-2). Points: 4.
  3. Superior (17-2). Points: 3.
  4. Bishop Neumann (11-6). Points: 6.
  5. Thayer Central (17-4). Points: 5.
  6. Fillmore Central (15-7). Points: 14.

Comments: A deep class here, as Fillmore Central has wins over both St. Cecilia and Superior. But consistency wins out. The Hawkettes have rolled, GICC has an early win over Superior. Bishop Neumann has been tested well and has no losses in the class. Three of the top-four will meet soon at the Centennial Conference tournament.

Class D-1

  1. Diller-Odell (19-0). NSAA Playoff Points: 2.
  2. Pleasanton (16-1). Points: 1.
  3. Fremont Archbishop Bergan (14-9). Points: 5.
  4. Overton (18-2). Points: 6.
  5. Central Valley (15-3). Points: 3.
  6. Chambers/Wheeler Central (14-2). Points: 4.

Comments: The Griffins have been perfect so far this season as they have yet to drop a set. Pleasanton has navigated a difficult schedule their lone loss to Class C-2, Grand Island Central Catholic and Bergan — the defending champions — have all their losses in classes above (including three to Class A teams).

BDS’s Mariah Sliva dives for a dig as the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins defeat the BDS Lady Eagles, 2-0 (26-24, 25-19), in the MUDECAS Tournament A Division Championship. (nebpreps / Marcus Scheer)

Class D-2

  1. Lawrence-Nelson (16-2). NSAA Playoff Points: 2.
  2. Wynot (12-0). Points: 1.
  3. BDS (12-3). Points: 5.
  4. Nebraska Christian (13-3). Points: 4.
  5. Bertrand (13-4). Points: 6.
  6. Garden County (18-0). Points: 3.

Comments: With two unbeatens in the class, maybe an unpopular top ranking for Lawrence-Nelson. But the Raiders two losses have been to county mate Superior and they have defeated both Thayer Central and Fillmore Central (on the same night, in fact). Undefeated Wynot and defending champion BDS follow, with the Eagles losses to C-2 Superior and Cross County and D-1, No. 1 Diller-Odell.

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