COLUMBUS — Lakeview wanted to build some momentum going into the Central Conference Tournament.
The Vikings did just that Tuesday night, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to beat Lutheran High Northeast 21-25, 23-25, 27-25, 25-23, 15-11 at Lakeview High School.
“We stopped making as many mistakes. There’s really no coaching genius in that,” Lakeview head coach K.C. Belitz said of the comeback.
That combined with a defense that stepped up over the final three sets was enough to swing key points in the Vikings’ favor.
“It really changed the momentum,” Belitz said of the defense, which totaled 114 digs in the match.
Telegram Super Senior Mallory Gotschall had a team-high 26 digs and four aces, frustrating the Eagles and taking them out of rhythm.
“Mallory had an outstanding match, even beyond the numbers,” Belitz said.
Ali Janssen struggled the first couple of sets, but rebounded over the final three to post 13 kills, 17 set assists and 22 digs.
Brooklyn Wilke had 19 kills on .320 hitting and added 10 digs.
“You just have a sense of comfort when she gets set the ball,” Belitz said.
Britney Stock added seven kills without making an error and eight blocks.
For a team that’s been as up-and-down as Lakeview, Belitz is hoping this rally will lead to a strong run at the end of the season.
“We needed it, we really did,” he said. “To get this win is a big deal going into the conference tournament.”
The Vikings (12-11) host Crete and Aurora on Thursday for the pool play portion of the Central Conference Tournament.
Omaha South 0
COLUMBUS — The emotions of senior night got to Columbus High in the first set Tuesday against Omaha South, but once the Discoverers overcame that they rolled the Packers.
Columbus won in straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-9) on its home court.
“It’s high emotions,” Columbus head coach Jeri Otten said of senior night. “It’s hard to separate from that going into the match. We made a few too many errors in the first set, but we got into the swing of things after that.”
Columbus made 12 hitting errors in the first set and just nine total in the next two.
Lauren Benck, who’s generously listed at 5-foot-7, had a team-high 12 kills on .318 hitting and added six aces.
“Lauren’s doing a better job of elevating,” Otten said. “She really has to get up in the air to hit the ball down.”
Jaidyn Garrett had 10 kills for CHS and Telegram Super Senior Rylee Kwapnioski finished with four kills on .800 hitting, 26 set assists and six digs.
The win has Columbus feeling good heading into Thursday’s road match against Hastings, which the Discoverers beat on Sept. 30 in the Columbus Classic.
“I expect them to come ready to play,” Otten said. “We’ll have to show them some things they haven’t seen from us.”
Kearney Catholic 3,
COLUMBUS — Scotus Central Catholic had plenty of chances to put away Tuesday's home match against Kearney Catholic, but the Stars found a way to overcome deficits in the third and fourth sets to beat the Shamrocks 22-25, 24-26, 25-21, 26-23, 15-12.
“We pretty much gave it away,” Scotus head coach Janet Tooley said. “It was another one of those where we had every opportunity to win, but we’ve been struggling with not being able to finish.”
Scotus led 21-20 in the third set and 23-19 in the fourth set, but the Stars ripped off long rallies both times to extend the match. Kearney Catholic won five straight points in the third set and seven of eight in the fourth set to push the match to a fifth set, when another late run sealed the win after it was tied at 9-all.
Madison Kerkman had 12 kills and four solo blocks to lead the Shamrocks. Shania Borchers added 10 kills and five total blocks. Abbie Zoucha finished with 42 set assists, four aces and a couple of blocks.
The Shamrocks don’t have any time to dwell on the loss as they host Class C-2, No. 6 Fremont Bergan on Thursday for another Centennial Conference matchup.
“It certainly doesn’t get any easier,” Tooley said. “We just have to buckle down and get back to work.”
St. Francis 3,
HUMPHREY — Class D-2, No. 7 Humphrey St. Francis dominated on both sides of the net Tuesday in a three-set victory over visiting Palmer (9-8).
The Flyers (15-4) recorded 36 kills and nine solo blocks in the 25-15, 25-13, 25-22 win.
Tara Foltz led the St. Francis offense with 10 kills, Riley Maple added eight and Logan Wemhoff and Caitlin Jarosz had six each. Bridget McPhillips dished out 31 of the team's 32 assists.
On the defensive side, Rebecca Keller picked up five solo blocks and Jarosz, Wemhoff, McPhillips, Foltz and Alissa Kosch all had between 10 and 12 digs.
St. Francis plays next in the Goldenrod Conference Tournament, which begins Thursday.
SHELTON — Cross County picked up a pair of victories Tuesday during a triangular in Shelton.
The Cougars (12-13) took down Hampton and Shelton in straight sets, despite some offensive struggles against the host Bulldogs.
Cross County hit just .020 in the 26-24, 25-20 win against Shelton, recording 20 kills and 18 hitting errors.
Cortlyn Schaefer had six of those kills to lead the team and Claire Harless recorded all 12 assists for the Cougars, who recorded only seven digs as the Shelton offense also struggled.
Cross County landed seven aces from the service line, including two each from Maddie Portwine and Alexis Eller.
The Cougars were more efficient in the 26-24, 25-16 victory over Hampton, hitting .145 with 14 kills and only four errors.
Eller led the way with six kills and two aces, and Schaefer added five kills and an ace. Harless had the team's 10 assists and Mackenzie Cole posted a team-best eight digs.
Cross County returns to the court Thursday for a tough triangular in Giltner against Class D-1, No. 2 Meridian and Class D-2, No. 5 Giltner.
ALBION — Boone Central/Newman Grove snapped a seven-match losing streak Tuesday with a five-set home victory over Fullerton (7-12).
The Cardinals (4-19), who had lost 18 of 19 matches after starting the season 2-1, got a big boost from Nicole Woebbecke. The senior recorded 24 kills, seven digs, four aces and one block in the 24-26, 25-8, 25-12, 21-25, 15-8 win.
BC/NG was strong from the service line with 19 aces in the match, including five each from Kelsey Thompson and Carsen Grape, who added three solo blocks to her stat sheet.
Kylee Rasmussen had seven kills and two blocks for the Cardinals and Kelsey Thompson finished with a team-best 26 assists and 10 digs.
BC/NG hosts Class C-2, No. 1 Hartington Cedar Catholic on Thursday.
SHELBY — Shelby-Rising City hosted Osceola and Meridian for a triangular Tuesday night and came away with a split.
The Huskies (8-15) took down Osceola 25-20, 25-18 and fell 25-19, 25-16 to Class D-1, No. 2 Meridian.
Sydnie Adams posted a team-leading 19 kills and five blocks in the two matches, and Reece Ingalls added nine kills and two aces.
Jenna Nekl finished with 35 assists and two aces for the Huskies, and Jamie Hopwood recorded a team-best 16 digs.
Shelby-Rising City plays next in the Crossroads Conference Tournament, which begins Saturday.
High Plains 0
POLK — High Plains was no match Tuesday night for Class D-2, No. 4 Exeter-Milligan.
The Timberwolves (17-5) rolled to a 25-11, 25-11, 25-13 road victory over the Storm (6-17).
High Plains struggled offensively, recording just nine kills against 12 hitting errors.
Cara Demers led the Storm with four kills and Emily McNaught had five of the team's seven aces. Lindsi Hughes dished out eight assists to go along with nine digs and Doreli Marino recorded a team-best 10 digs.
High Plains and Lawrence-Nelson will play Thursday in a triangular hosted by Class D-1, No. 3 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley.