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Wayne vs. Wahoo, 11.8.18

Wahoo head coach Trish Larson (blue shirt) talks with her team after their three-set sweep against Wayne on Thursday during the first round state volleyball playoffs at Lincoln North Star High School. 

All matches at Pinnacle Bank Arena

Class A, No. 1 Lincoln Pius X vs. No. 6 Omaha Marian, 5 p.m.: The Thunderbolts have won 26 straight matches after Thursday's sweep of Millard South. These two teams met earlier in the season, with the Bolts getting the two-set sweep.

Class A, No. 7 Gretna vs. No. 2 Millard North: This is Gretna's first year in Class A but you wouldn't have known it watching the Dragons outlast No. 3 Millard West on Thursday. Now the Dragons get another shot at Millard North. The Mustangs won a five-set thriller against Gretna earlier in the season.

Class B, No. 1 Elkhorn South vs. No. 4 Waverly, 5 p.m.: The former Eastern Midlands Conference foes meet on the big stage this time. The Storm and Vikings did not meet during the regular season, but both are battle-tested, having played two of the state's toughest schedules. Waverly must find a way to slow down Husker recruit and 6-foot-4 sophomore Rylee Gray.

Class B, No. 2 Omaha Duchesne vs. No. 3 Omaha Skutt, 7 p.m.: It's a rematch of last year's state championship match (won by Skutt) and this year's River Cities Conference Tournament final (won by Duchesne). There's a lot of star power in this match.

Class C-1, No. 2 Lincoln Lutheran vs. No. 5 St. Paul, 1 p.m.: The Warriors reached the state semifinals last year, and they're determined to take another step forward this year. St. Paul was pushed to five sets by Syracuse on Thursday.

Class C-1, No. 1 Wahoo vs. No. 4 Bishop Neumann, 3 p.m.: What a Friday for those who live in Wahoo. Both Wahoo and Neumann football teams play state semifinal games. Their volleyball teams will be meeting for a second time this season. Wahoo swept the Cavaliers in subdistrict play.

Class C-2, No. 2 Superior vs. No. 4 Hartington Cedar Catholic, 3 p.m.: It's a rematch of last year's state final, and if this one is anything like last year's meeting -- a five-setter won by Superior -- then tune in.

Class D-1: No. 1 Archbishop Bergan vs. No. 2 Pleasanton, 9 a.m.: Both teams are riding a lot of momentum. Pleasanton has won 21 straight matches. Bergan's four losses were to Class C-1 teams. Bergan's Lexie Langley had a double-double (13 kills, 10 digs) Thursday.


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