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Subdistrict volleyball: Crusaders set another date with top-ranked Malcolm
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Subdistrict volleyball: Crusaders set another date with top-ranked Malcolm

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Class C-1 No. 9 Lincoln Christian was focused and set the pace, defeating Raymond Central 25-12, 25-11, 25-15 in Monday in the C1-2 volleyball subdistrict at Lincoln East.

Mollie Shepard paced the Crusaders defensively with 14 digs, and Christian had a balanced offensive attack. Avery Dolliver led LCS with 10 kills, while Abby Stutz and Ashlyn Power added seven apiece. The Crusaders hit .390.

Julia Kehr led the Mustangs with six kills and added three blocks.

The win sends the Crusaders to a subdistrict final matchup with No. 1 Malcolm on Tuesday. Christian defeated the Clippers 25-22, 25-17, 19-25, 25-19 in the C1-3 subdistrict final last year.

"For sure (Malcolm) is a better team than last year, but I think we are a better team than we were last year as well," Christian coach Vicki Power said. "It will be an interesting and a good matchup."

Malcolm defeated Lincoln Lutheran 25-23, 25-10, 25-6 in Monday's first-round match. The Clippers rallied for the first-set win after trailing 17-10.

Kayla Ernstmeyer led the Warriors with six kills, and Rebecca Ziems and Hobe Leimbach each had 13 assists. 

C1-1 at Beatrice: Auburn and Syracuse both posted wins to advance to Tuesday's final. The top-seeded Bulldogs downed Falls City 25-11, 25-23, 25-19 and the second-seeded Rockets defeated Wilber-Clatonia 25-17, 25-11, 25-12.

C1-4 at Papillion-La Vista South: Junior Shelby Kaup had 15 kills and 14 digs as Arlington eliminated Wahoo with a 25-8, 18-25, 25-23, 25-16 victory. Sophomore Elly Larson led Wahoo with 16 kills. Arlington will play Bishop Neumann in Tuesday's final. The No. 5 Cavaliers advanced with a 25-13, 25-17, 25-12 victory against Ashland-Greenwood.

C1-9 at Grand Island: Central City rallied after losing the first set to Fillmore Central, recording a 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19. Fillmore Central was led by Jamey Broman with nine kills, while Erin Schmidt had eight.

C2-1 at Tri County: Top-ranked Diller-Odell rolled to the subdistrict title with an opening 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 win against Southern and cruised to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-14 win against Thayer Central in the final. Madison Jurgens had 19 kills and 11 set assists to power the Griffins past Southern. Madison Hajek led Diller-Odell in the final with 18 kills and five total blocks, while Jurgens chipped in a triple-double of 14 kills, 16 digs and 21 set assists. Paige Vitosh added 17 assists for the Griffins in the final.

C2-9 at Adams Central: Senior Makenna Niemoth had 16 kills and 18 digs in leading Doniphan-Trumbull to 25-21, 25-18, 25-1 victory against Superior. 

D1-1 at Auburn: No. 1 Johnson-Brock made quick work of Tri County in a 25-12, 25-8, 25-15 sweep to advance to Tuesday's final. The Eagles face Lourdes Central Catholic, which prevailed 25-19, 17-25, 10-25, 25-23, 16-14 against Pawnee City.

D1-2 at Wilber-Clatonia: No. 2 Meridian moved into the subdistrict final with a 25-18, 25-9, 25-10 win against McCool Junction. Rylee Pieper led with 12 kills and five ace serves, Halle Pribyl added nine kills and 17 digs, and Lauren Delord had nine kills and four ace blocks. Erin Johnson paced the Mustang offense with 32 assists. Friend knocked off No. 10 BDS 25-13, 27-29, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 to book the other spot in Tuesday's final.

D1-3 at Wahoo: Cedar Bluffs fended off Weeping Water 25-18, 28-26, 25-23 for the subdistrict title.

D1-8 at Hastings St. Cecilia: Heartland steamrolled into Tuesday's final against Blue Hill with a 25-2, 25-15, 25-16 sweep of Shelton. Rhianna Wilhelm had eight of Heartlands 18 ace serves, while Taylor Quiring, Leslie Braun and Ellie Steingard added three apiece. Offensively, Quiring and Steingard paced the Huskies with nine and seven kills, respectively. 

D2-1 at Freeman: Haley Luzum had 14 kills and Sydney Hall paced Exeter-Milligan with 29 sets assists to lead the No. 2 Timberwolves into the final with a 25-13, 25-19, 25-15 win over Lewiston. Parkview Christian's season came to a close with an opening 25-14, 25-17, 25-12 loss to Lewiston. Junior Megan Wehrbein led Lewiston with 13 kills, three blocks and six ace serves.

D2-6 at Sandy Creek: No. 1 Hampton stayed undefeated and rolled to the district title with sweeps of Lawrence-Nelson and Giltner. The Hawks (31-0) downed Giltner 25-12, 25-17, 25-13 in the final.

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