The Leyton and Chadron volleyball teams captured sub-district championships on Tuesday night.
Leyton improved to 30-0 by sweeping South Platte 25-14, 25-20, 25-18 in the title match of the Class D-2, Sub-District 12 Tournament in Sidney.
The Warriors will try to earn its second straight trip to the state tournament on Thursday against Mullen in the D2-6 final.
Chadron won the championship of the Class C-1, Sub-District 12 Tournament with a pair of wins in Alliance. The Cardinals swept Gordon-Rushville 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 in the semifinal round before turning back Mitchell 25-13, 16-25, 25-20, 25-18 in the final. Mitchell moved into the championship match with a 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20 semifinal win over Kimball.
The Cardinals, who improved to 27-2, will play Ogallala in the C1-6 final on Friday.
In Leyton’s win over South Platte, three Warriors tallied double-doubles. Kelsey Waite finished with 11 kills and 11 points, Kassandra Harris had 24 points and 14 digs, and Katy Ernest ended with 30 set assists and 15 digs.
“We came out strong against South Platte and really executed well,” Leyton coach Jodi Smith said. “We lost some intensity in the second set and had to regain our focus for set three. I was pleased with the way we attacked the ball and served.”
Grace Harvey served 16 points and put down seven kills for Leyton. Carly Rushman added 12 points and seven digs. Harvey and Harris both served three aces. Rachael Ernest finished with seven kills and three total blocks.
At the C1-12 tournament, Mitchell ended its season with a record of 23-8. Chalsey Grentz and Taylor Peters both recorded triple-doubles for the Tigers in their win over Kimball. Grentz totaled 17 points, 23 assists and 21 digs, while Peters finished with 12 points, 16 kills and 10 digs. Peters also served a team-high six aces. Arrisa Gabel led Mitchell defensively with 25 digs.
Also for Mitchell in the match, Brianne Hessler had eight points, two aces and nine digs; Aspen Reifschneider had four points, two aces, three kills, two blocks and four digs; Felina Blanco had four points, two aces and 13 digs; Morgan Michael had four points, six kills and eight digs; Mikaela Karpen had five kills and three digs; and McKenna Zulkoski had two kills, three assists and five digs.
In the championship match against Chadron, Grentz, Peters and Blanco all finished with double-doubles. Grentz totaled 20 assists and 13 digs, while Peters registered 11 kills and 22 digs. Peters also served seven points with five aces. Blanco ended with 10 points and 14 digs. Defensively for the Tigers, Gable added 17 digs and Michael totaled four blocks.
Also for Mitchell, Hessler had five points and five digs; Reifschneider had three kills, two assists and four digs; Michael had eight points and four digs; Karpen had seven kills, two blocks and four digs; and Zulkoski had two kills.
“The kids played hard,” Mitchell coach Michelle Peters said. “After going four sets with Kimball I thought we played tired in the first set against Chadron, but we got some momentum going in the second. The third set was a battle back and forth. I’m very proud of our efforts.”
The sites and times of the district finals will be announced today.