Southwest vs. Pius X, prep volleyball, 9/5/17

Lincoln Southwest senior Callie Kohl serves the ball Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in a game against Lincoln Pius X High School.

KAYLA WOLF, JOURNAL STAR

(Records through Saturday)

Class A (Record) | Pvs.

1. Millard West (11-0) | 4

2. Papillion-LV South (7-1) | 3

3. Omaha Marian (8-1) | 1

4. Lincoln Southwest (4-0) | 6

5. Papillion-La Vista (6-1) | 5

6. Lincoln Pius X (4-1) | 8

7. Millard South (7-6) | –

8. Millard North (9-5) | 2

9. Lincoln Southeast (4-4) | 7

10. Lincoln Northeast (4-4) | –

Contenders: Kearney, Lincoln High, Grand Island.

Comments: Millard West makes the move up to No. 1 after a Millard North Invite win over the weekend. They are the one of two remaining undefeated team in wide-open Class A competition. Papio South took the title at the Bellevue West Invite and knocked off then-No. 1 Marian in the semis before beating cross town rival Papio in the finals so they slide in at No. 2 this week. The parity in Lincoln is real, but Southwest remains the class of the Capital City.

Key matches this week: Tuesday--Omaha Skutt at Pius, Millard South at Millard West, Millard North at Papillion-La Vista; Friday-Saturday--LPS Classic, at Southeast and Southwest.

Class B (Record) | Pvs.

1. Omaha Skutt (9-4) | 1

2. Northwest (9-1) | 2

3. Gretna (8-1) | 4

4. Omaha Duchesne (5-1) | 3

5. Seward (7-2) | 8

6. Bennington (4-2) | –

7. Elkhorn South (2-3) | 4

8. Elkhorn (5-3) | 7

9. Norris (5-2) | 9

10. Ralston (6-2) | –

Contenders: Waverly, Hastings, Omaha Roncalli, South Sioux City.

Comments: While no one foresaw four losses this early in the season for the Skutt, the SkyHawks remain one of the most impressive teams in the state. All their losses have come to top Class A opponents and they made the semifinals in the loaded Bellevue West Invite. Northwest, Gretna and Duchesne have all had impressive starts to the season with quality wins over talented opponents. Expect both Elkhorns to bounce back after slow starts.

Key matches this week: Tuesday--Elkhorn South at Elkhorn, Seward at Ralston; Thursday--Northwest at Waverly.

Class C-1 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Lincoln Lutheran (10-0) | 5

2. Grand Island CC (7-0) | 2

3. Wahoo (5-0) | 4

4. North Bend Central (10-0) | 10

5. Bishop Neumann (8-1) | 3

6. Malcolm (6-1) | 1

7. Omaha Concordia (7-4) | 6

8. Ord (8-2) | –

9. Columbus Scotus (7-3) | –

10. Mitchell (7-1) | –

Contenders: Hershey, St. Paul, Ashland-Greenwood.

Comments: Lutheran smashed through the Malcolm Tournament and dropped then No. 1 Malcolm Clippers in the championship match 25-19, 25-14 in a statement game. C-1 might be the deepest class in the state with GICC, Wahoo and North Bend Central off to blazing hot starts as well. Neumann and Malcolm are both capable of hoisting the trophy at the end of the season but losses have dropped them a few spots early on.

Key matches this week: Tuesday--Lincoln Christian at Bishop Neumann, Ashland-Greenwood at Omaha Concordia, Columbus Scotus at Grand Island CC.

Class C-2 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Hartington CC (11-0) | 3

2. Stanton (7-1) | 1

3. Centura (5-1) | 4

4. Nebraska Christian (4-0) | 6

5. Howells-Dodge (7-2) | 9

6. Ponca (7-2) | 7

7. Archbishop Bergan (8-2) | –

8. Southern Valley (6-1) | 10

9. Battle Creek (5-3) | –

10. South Loup (6-0) | –

Contenders: Maxwell, Palmyra, Wisner-Pilger, Freeman, Superior, Lutheran High NE.

Comments: The Trojans climb to the top of the rankings after notching wins against three teams in the current C-2 rankings and handing Class C-1 No. 5, Bishop Neumann, its only loss of the season. Stanton also picked up a win against a C-1 rated team last week and will be on Hartington CC’s radar all season. There are lots of up-and-coming teams with hopes of climbing into the rankings so the bottom seven could be constantly influx this season.

Key matches this week: Tuesday--Hartington CC at Norfolk Catholic, St. Paul at Centura; Thursday--Hartington CC at Lutheran High Northeast, Centura at Kearney Catholic.

Class D-1 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Johnson-Brock (9-0) | 1

2. Meridian (7-0) | 2

3. Heartland (3-0) | 3

4. BDS (4-0) | 4

5. North Central (4-0) | –

6. Overton (6-0) | –

7. Blue Hill (7-2) | 6

8. Bertrand (7-1) | –

9. Elgin/Pope John (7-1) | 9

10. Nebraska Lutheran (6-1) | –

Contenders: Diller-Odell, H-TR-S, Clarkson/Leigh.

Comments: The song remains the same for the top four teams in D-1 as they combined to go 23-0 since the last rankings. North Central and Overton both make an appearance in the top 10 for the first time this season after undefeated starts. Johnson-Brock and Meridian figure to set a date in the A Division final of the MUDECAS Tournament, which opened Monday.

Key matches this week: Tuesday--MUDECAS semifinals; Thursday--MUDECAS final.

Class D-2 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Red Cloud (8-0) | 2

2. Exeter-Milligan (6-3) | 1

3. Maywood-Hayes Center 7-1) | –

4. Creek Valley (7-0) | –

5. Brady (6-1) | –

6. Falls City SH (5-3) | 7

7. Mead (6-2) | –

8. Hyannis (5-0) | –

9. Humphrey St. Francis (6-2) | –

10. Ewing (5-0) | –

Contenders: Spalding Academy, Potter-Dix, Wauneta-Palisade.

Comments: The Warriors take over first after the Timberwolves dropped three matches. Red Cloud has only dropped one set over eight matches this season in an undefeated start. Exeter-Milligan remains as one of D-2’s most exciting teams with all three losses coming from D-1 opponents and they get more top flight competition at MUDECAS. Some teams have made noise early, let’s see if they can maintain it.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7431 or scarlson@journalstar.com.

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