COLUMBUS — Lakeview hung around Tuesday night against St. Paul, but never got its offense in rhythm as the Wildcats swept the match 25-20, 25-20, 25-17.
The Vikings (10-11) managed just 19 kills in the home loss.
“The offense was just not there consistently enough tonight,” Lakeview head coach K.C. Belitz said.
St. Paul (15-5), a ratings contender in Class C-1, kept Lakeview out of its offense for most of the match.
“They serve great and they’re always going to swing at the ball,” Belitz said. “You’re never going to get a free ball from them. It came down to St. Paul getting more good swings than we did.”
Abby Kapels led the Vikings with seven kills and Brooklyn Wilke added six kills, three aces and four solo blocks.
“We didn’t play poorly tonight,” Belitz said. “We just gave them too many free chances.”
Lakeview returns to the court Thursday at Crete.
North Star 0
LINCOLN — Columbus High took care of business Tuesday, winning for the sixth time in seven matches.
The Discoverers wasted little time in sweeping Lincoln North Star 25-14, 25-13, 25-22, their second victory over the Navigators this season.
“It’s difficult to play a team twice and beat them both times,” Columbus head coach Jeri Otten said. “I was pleased with how the girls came out and played tonight.”
Telegram Super Senior Rylee Kwapnioski did a little bit of everything in the match for Columbus. The setter had eight kills on a .583 hitting percentage to go along with 31 assists, two aces, four blocks and eight digs.
“She’s really taken on the role of controlling the tempo of the game and making plays at pivotal moments,” Otten said. “Just doing a great job of being a senior leader.”
Jaidyn Garrett had a double-double for the Discoverers with 17 kills and 11 digs, leading an efficient attack. The Discoverers hit nearly .300 as a team with 46 kills and just 14 errors.
“We’ve really been focusing on reducing hitting errors,” Otten said. “The girls were just making better decisions. You can tell it’s made a big difference in some of our matches.”
Two weeks ago, Columbus sat at 5-11 on the season, almost the exact same spot as a year ago, when the team finished 10-21.
With the recent hot streak they’ve been on, the Discoverers (11-12) have pulled within a game of .500 for the first time since the first weekend of the season.
“We’re really trying to improve our program and the seniors have really bought into that,” Otten said.
Columbus has a tough task Thursday to keep up its winning ways, hosting Class A, No. 8 Lincoln Southeast.
WAHOO — Round 1 between Wahoo Neumann and Scotus Central Catholic went to the Cavaliers.
Neumann defended its home court Tuesday, beating the Shamrocks in four sets (25-18, 19-25, 25-16, 26-24).
Scotus head coach Janet Tooley knows her team had chances to win the match, but the Shamrocks are still struggling with some untimely errors.
“You will pay for those against the level of teams we will be facing down the stretch,” she said.
Tooley added, though, that their pace of play is getting better and she is seeing improvements.
“This one hurt tonight, but all of our errors are certainly correctable,” she said.
Elley Beaver and Madison Kerkman had 11 kills each to lead Scotus. Kerkman added four aces and Kayla Hall recorded 20 digs and three aces.
The Shamrocks play Neumann again on Thursday, this time at Dowd Activity Center in the first round of the Centennial Conference Tournament.
Cross County 3,
UTICA — Cortlyn Schaefer is only 21 matches into her high school volleyball career, but the freshman had a huge game by anyone’s standard.
Schaefer recorded 22 kills, 11 digs, three blocks and three aces Tuesday, leading Cross County to a 25-15, 25-18, 20-25, 21-25, 15-10 win over Centennial. Her 22 kills were more than half of the Cougars’ team total (41) in the match.
Erica Stratman added nine kills in the win.
Cross County (9-12) goes to Dorchester on Thursday for a triangular with the Longhorns and Exeter-Milligan.
Twin River 3,
David City 0
DAVID CITY — Alexis Borowiak’s double-double led Twin River to a 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 sweep of David City on Tuesday.
Borowiak finished with 14 kills and 19 digs in the match, leading the team in both categories.
Michaela Morris added nine kills and the team's only block of the match while Marissa Morris had eight kills and a team-high three aces.
David City did not submit stats for the match.
The Titans (10-10) play Saturday at a tournament in Humphrey and David City (6-10) returns to action Thursday in a triangular with Fairbury and Sutton hosted by the Jeffs.
NORFOLK — Shelby-Rising City dropped both matches Tuesday at a triangular hosted by Lutheran High Northeast.
The Eagles swept their home triangular, beating the Huskies 25-17, 25-13 and Clarkson/Leigh 25-20, 25-21.
Clarkson/Leigh topped S-RC 25-22, 25-15 in the third match of the event.
Reece Ingalls had nine kills in the two matches for S-RC and Sydnie Adams added seven kills and five blocks.
The Patriots didn’t submit stats for the triangular.
S-RC (6-13) hosts McCool Junction and Giltner for a triangular on Tuesday. Class D-1, No. 4 Clarkson/Leigh (15-5) turns its attention to a big match Thursday at Class D-2, No. 7 Humphrey St. Francis (13-4).
HAMPTON — High Plains got a firsthand look at why Meridian is the second-ranked team in Class D-1.
The Mustangs (16-1) dominated from start to finish during Tuesday's triangular in Hampton, sweeping the Storm 25-6, 25-8.
High Plains also lost 25-16, 25-18 to Hampton.
Brooke Bannister had a team-high five kills between the two matches.
The schedule doesn’t let up for the Storm (6-16), who host Class D-2, No. 6 Exeter-Milligan on Tuesday.