It was the Kalynn Meyer show at Lincoln Southwest in the first round of the C-2 state volleyball tournament Thursday. The Husker commit, Meyer had 29 kills in No. 2 Superior’s win 25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 25-10 win over No. 9 Freeman.
“This was the best game she’s played,” Superior coach Kelsea Blevins said. “You see a 16-year-old kid that is probably under some pressure, but she was just having so much fun.
Meyer’s freshman sister, Shayla, also had a great day, collecting four service aces and nine kills.
The Mustangs dominated the first two sets and it looked like it was going to be more of the same as they led 14-11 in the third set.
But, Freeman wasn’t going to go out that easy.
The Falcons went on a run that gave them a 17-14 lead in the third.
Kayla Haynes led the way as she tallied five of her 20 kills on the way to a 25-19 win for Freeman to force a fourth set.
It was more of the same to start the fourth, as Freeman led 5-0 early on.
“We thought that we could come out and have that momentum,” Falcon coach Scott Anderson said, “but they just served well, and man, they hit.”
Superior is looking to defend its state volleyball title from last season. The Wildcats will play No. 4 Hartington Cedar Catholic on Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Superior beat the Trojans in last year’s state title match.
Hartingon CC 3, Thayer Central 2: Hartington Cedar Catholic mustered up just enough to get past No. 6 Thayer Central after losing a two-set lead. The Trojans won 25-18, 25-15, 19-25, 23-25 15-9.
“We just got less aggressive,” Trojan coach Denae Buss said. “We were sending free balls, and they were just digging them up. We needed to get our fire back.”
The Trojans had won 20 sets in a row before dropping the two to Thayer Central in the third and fourth sets, but they responded in the fifth.
Thayer Central came out and led 9-8 in the fifth, before Hartington Cedar Catholic scored seven in a row to take the match.
“With the four versus five, it’s always a battle,” Thayer Central coach Cody Dunlap said. “I honestly kind of thought it would be a five set match.”
Despite the lackluster third, fourth and part of the fifth set, Hartington Cedar Catholic dominated the first two sets.
Jaida Cattau had 11 kills in the first two sets for the Trojans and ended the night with 20.
Blue Hill 3, Hastings St. Cecilia 0: The third time was not the charm for No. 8 Hastings St. Cecilia, as No. 3 Blue Hill took down the Hawkettes for the third time in as many tries, 25-17, 25-23, 25-22.
Blue Hill clinched its second-straight berth in a state semifinal. The Bobcats lost in four sets last year to Meridian.
“We’re not done. Our goal is to be playing Saturday,” Bobcat coach Kristi Allen said. “We said it today, we want to be playing at the Devaney.”
The clean sweep didn’t look as clean on paper for Blue Hill, however.
Hastings St. Cecilia led in all three of the matches, including a 17-11 advantage in the third set.
Allen called a timeout when the lead stretched to six in the third, and Blue Hill responded with three straight points to get back into the set.
“We just didn’t make the plays down in the end,” Hawkette coach Alan VanCura said. “We had some big serve-receive problems.”
Blue Hill used missed opportunities by the Hawkettes and turned it into a three-set win.
Kacey Allen led Blue Hill with 12 kills in the match.
The Bobcats will play No. 1 Stanton on Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Stanton 3, Battle Creek 0: Stanton survived the first two sets before dominating the third on its way to a sweep of No. 10 Battle Creek, 25-22, 25-23, 25-17.
“If we play not scared, we are just unstoppable,” Mustang senior Jessie Brandl, who led Stanton with 17 kills, said. “We have good passers and good hitters that can just nail it when we need to.”
Those passers and hitters were kept in check by Battle Creek for most of the first two sets.
Battle Creek coach Cody Wintz said his squad’s goal was to put pressure on Stanton with strong attacks on serve.
It worked early as the Bravettes had four service aces and numerous other service points that put Stanton in a tough position.
The Mustangs still found a way, however.
Stanton rallied from a 23-22 deficit in the second set to win 25-23, and Wintz said that is when the wheels kind of fell off.
“We kind of led that whole set there, and our conversation in the huddle afterwards was that we were so close in two sets so we can do it in the third,” Wintz said.
The Mustangs made sure that didn’t happen, as they raced out to a 13-1 lead in the third set and didn’t look back.
“We’ve been through this last year,” Stanton coach Tracy Kuester-Burtwistle said. “So we’re going to hold them to a higher standard.”