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Pius X vs. Millard North, prep volleyball, 8.28.18

Lincoln Pius X's Anna McLain hits a shot over the net against Millard North on  Aug. 28 at Bishop Flavin Gym.

(Records through Saturday)

Class A (Record) | Pvs.

1. Lincoln Pius X (24-2) | 2

2. Millard North (21-2) | 1

3. Millard West (16-7) | 3

4. Omaha Marian (16-7) | 7

5. Papillion-La Vista (15-8) | 4

6. Papillion-La Vista South (15-11) | 5

7. Lincoln Southwest (12-8) | 8

8. Millard South (18-12) | 9

9. Gretna (15-5) | 6

10. Kearney (16-11) | 10

Contenders: Lincoln Southeast, Bellevue West, Lincoln East.

Comments: The top 10 remains the same teams but some shuffling was in order. The biggest change this week is Pius X moving into the top spot for the first time this season. The Thunderbolts are on a 15-match win streak and haven’t lost since mid-September while Millard North fell to Elkhorn South over the past week. The rest of the top six suffered at least one loss last week, so Marian climbs back into the top four. Gretna dropped two matches to Class B competition, so the Dragons make the biggest fall but a win at Millard North on Thursday could move them right back up the list.

Comments: Tuesday—Kearney at Lincoln Pius X, Marian at Millard West; Thursday—Papio South at Lincoln Pius X; Gretna at Millard North; Friday-Saturday—Omaha Westside Invitational (Millard North, Southwest).

Class B (Record) | Pvs.

1. Elkhorn South (22-7) | 3

2. Omaha Duchesne (21-4) | 1

3. Omaha Skutt (14-3) | 2

4. Hastings (20-2) | 5

5. Norris (18-9) | 7

6. Waverly (21-7) | 4

7. Alliance (19-4) | 6

8. Seward (17-5) | 8

9. Sidney (19-7) | 9

10. Elkhorn (14-9) | 10

Contenders: Bennington, Beatrice.

Comments: It’s unusual to drop a team from the top of the ranks if they didn’t lose but, Elkhorn South’s week was just too impressive to deny the Storm Class B supremacy, at least for the week. The Storm picked up wins against Class A No. 2 Millard North and No. 3 Millard West, while also beating Olathe Northwest, a powerhouse from Kansas. All of South’s losses have come against ranked Class A opponents this season. Duchesne and Skutt will square off on Tuesday.

Key matches: Tuesday—Duchesne at Skutt, Gretna at Norris; Saturday—Skyhawk Invite (Skutt), GNAC Tournament (Hastings).

Class C-1 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Lincoln Lutheran (24-2) | 1

2. Bishop Neumann (18-1) | 2

3. Wahoo (20-2) | 3

4. Grand Island CC (18-4) | 5

5. St. Paul (24-1) | 4

6. Syracuse (18-7) | 6

7. DC West (15-4) | -

8. Malcolm (17-4) | 7

9. Ogallala (19-9) | -

10. Lincoln Christian (13-11) | -

Contenders: Columbus Scotus, Auburn, Wayne, Omaha Concordia, Broken Bow, Kearney Catholic.

Comments: Lutheran may have picked up its second loss during the Centennial Conference Tournament, but with wins over the second and third ranked teams in C-1, the Warriors maintain the top spot. Neumann ran through the Centennial Tournament undefeated so the Cavaliers stay locked in at the two spot. GICC climbs to its highest ranking since the start of the season after knocking off Lutheran while there are nearly 10 teams vying for the bottom four spots. It should be a wild regular-season finish for the state’s deepest class.

Key matchesMonday-Thursday—ECNC Tournament (Malcolm), Tuesday-Saturday—Nebraska Capitol Conference Tournament (Wahoo, Syracuse, DC West); Thursday—Bishop Neumann at Columbus Scotus.

Class C-2 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Stanton (19-1) | 1

2. Superior (20-2) | 3

3. Blue Hill (18-2) | 4

4. Hartington CC (19-3) | 5

5. Thayer Central (19-2) | 2

6. Hastings St. Cecilia (17-7) | 6

7. Elm Creek (17-4) | 10

8. Clarkson/Leigh (17-6) | 7

9. South Loup (14-5) | -

10. Doniphan-Trumbull (14-6) | 9

Contenders: Battle Creek, Palmyra, Freeman, Fillmore Central.

Comments: The top of the C-2 ratings are so competitive that one loss can drop a team down several pegs and that’s what happened to Thayer Central this week. Stanton, Superior, Blue Hill and Hartington CC all continued winning this week so Thayer Central falls to five after a loss to Blue Hill. Elm Creek climbs the highest this week by picking up three wins, including one over South Loup. Hastings St. Cecilia has quietly put together quite the resume despite seven losses, and the Hawkettes will likely be a player come tournament time.

Key matches: Thursday—Thayer Central at Superior. Thursday-Saturday—East Husker Conference Tournament (Clarkson/Leigh, Stanton).

Class D-1 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Archbishop Bergan (22-4) | 1

2. Humphrey/LHF (21-1) | 3

3. Pleasanton (21-2) | 4

4. Johnson-Brock (18-3) | 2

5. Nebraska Christian (18-2) | 5

6. Lutheran High Northeast (17-6) | 7

7. Cambridge (16-3) | 6

8. Hartington-Newcastle (15-2) | 8

9. Diller-Odell (19-5) | 10

10. Giltner (15-5) | 9

Contenders: Central Valley, North Platte SP, Dundy-County Stratton, Brady.

Comments: Bergan plays in one of the toughest conferences in the state, so while the Knights lost twice in the conference tournament, they still hold onto the top spot. Humphrey/LHF is right there alongside the Cavaliers, however, with just one loss. Pleasanton hasn’t lost since mid-September and Johnson-Brock is still hanging around. A lot of the top 10 has yet to play against one another.

Key matches: Thursday-Saturday—East Husker Conference Tournament (Humphrey/LHF), Goldenrod Conference Tournament (Nebraska Christian), Hartington-Newcastle Tournament.

Class D-2 (Record) | Pvs.

1. BDS (15-4) | 1

2. Ewing (20-0) | 2

3. Mullen (16-3) | 3

4. Exeter-Milligan (16-6) | 5

5. Cody-Kilgore (15-3) | 6

6. Falls City SH (15-7) | 8

7. Mead (13-6) | 10

8. CWC (19-4) | 4

9. Wynot (10-4) | -

10. Kenesaw (13-9) | 9

Contenders: Bertrand, Crawford, Hampton, Red Cloud.

Comments: BDS remains undefeated against Class D-2 opponents, so the Eagles maintain their top spot despite Ewing’s perfect record. Teams in the top half of the top 10 just refuse lose this season so it’s hard to get a lot of movement in the ratings. One loss doesn’t shake up D-2 too much, but two losses will cause a big drop. CWC falls down four spots following two losses last week. Sacred Heart probably has the most impressive schedule among D-2 teams and it doesn’t get any easier down the stretch. If the Irish can make it to the state tournament, they’ll certainly be a tough out.

Key matches: Monday-Thursday—ECNC Tournament (Mead); Tuesday—Falls City SH at Johnson-Brock; Thursday-Saturday—MNAC Tournament (Cody-Kilgore, Mullen).

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