Trying to figure out exactly which teams advanced to the next round of the Metro Conference volleyball tournament got a little complicated Monday night.
In three of the four-team pools, it was simple. Three teams went 3-0 and three teams went 2-1, which meant those six teams all moved on to quarterfinal play Wednesday.
But in the fourth pool, three of the teams — Millard South, Omaha Burke and Papillion-La Vista — all finished 2-1. After much discussion and checking of tie-breaker procedures, the Patriots and Bulldogs advanced while the host Monarchs did not.
“We won the pool, so that’s a positive,’’ Millard South coach Joanne Kappas said. “But we let that last match slip away, and we really could have won it.’’
The 16-team tournament, held at Papillion-La Vista and Papillion-La Vista South, was whittled to eight teams after Monday’s round-robin action. The Patriots were joined as pool champions by top-seeded Millard West, second-seeded Omaha Marian and fourth-seeded Millard North.
Also advancing to Wednesday’s next round along with the pool runner-up Bulldogs will be Bellevue West, Omaha Westside and Papio South.
The one pool became complicated when Millard South defeated Burke (25-23, 25-16), the Bulldogs beat Papio (25-22, 15-25, 25-23) and the Monarchs defeated the Patriots (24-26, 25-23, 25-17). All three teams defeated Omaha South, the fourth member of the pool.
Millard South was declared the winner of the pool because of its 5-2 set record. Papio’s set mark was 5-3 and Burke’s was 4-3, but the Bulldogs’ head-to-head win over the Monarchs was the tie-breaker.
“That was complicated,’’ Burke coach Rick Hughes said. “It took awhile to figure this one out but I think they got it right.’’
Hughes was at a disadvantage while officials huddled nearby trying to figure out the scenarios. He still had to coach his Bulldogs in the night’s final match against South.
“I’d like to be part of that discussion, too!’’ he yelled over from the Burke bench.
Trying to sort it all out was Papio athletic director Jason Ryan. Eventually, the Bulldogs were awarded the pool’s runner-up spot over the Monarchs.
“I imagine that wasn’t easy for him,’’ Hughes said. “That kind of put him in a tough spot.’’
Papio, seeded third in the tournament, failed to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in several years. The Monarchs had kept their hopes alive by rallying from a one-set deficit to defeat Millard South.
“We persevered in that one,’’ Papio coach Kristen Lebeda-Svehla said. “But I think you saw again tonight that anyone can beat anyone this year.’’
After the Patriots had won the first set 26-24 against the Monarchs, they appeared poised for the sweep. Millard South led 20-15 and 22-19 in the second set but Papio rallied for the 25-23 win.
The Monarchs rode that momentum into the third set, winning 25-17 after a kill by Jessica Peters on match point.
“We needed to stay aggressive and we didn’t do that,’’ Kappas said. “We backed off in that third set.’’
Katie Stephens led Papio in that match with 18 kills. Rachel Kendall added seven while Peters and Alissa Schovanec had six each.
Lynnae Beiermann led the Patriots with 12 kills while Jamie Hauptman had nine.
The quarterfinals will be played Wednesday at Papio, and the best-of-five championship will be played there Thursday at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s schedule is — At Papio’s main gym: Millard West vs. Bellevue West, 4 p.m.; Millard North vs. Omaha Burke, 5:15; semifinal, 6:30. At Papio’s south gym: Omaha Marian vs. Omaha Westside, 4; Millard South vs. Papio South, 5:15; semifinal, 6:30.
Pool A (at Papio South)
Millard West def. Om. Bryan 25-4, 25-10
Om. Westside def. Om. North 25-23, 25-21
Millard West def. Om. North 25-13, 25-14
Om. Westside def. Om. Bryan 25-13, 25-12
Millard West def. Om. Westside 25-18, 29-27
Om. North def. Om. Bryan 25-12, 25-21
Pool B (at Papio)
Om. Marian def. Om. Northwest 25-8, 25-6
Bellevue West def. Om. Central 18-25, 25-19, 25-14
Om. Marian def. Om. Central 25-11, 25-12
Bellevue West def. Om. Northwest 25-11, 25-16
Om. Marian def. Bellevue West 25-21, 25-17
Om. Central def. Om. Northwest 25-15, 25-15
Pool C (at Papio)
Papillion-La Vista def. Om. South 25-6, 25-5
Millard South def. Om. Burke 25-23, 25-16
Om. Burke def. Papillion-La Vista 25-22, 15-25, 25-23
Millard South def. Om. South 25-8, 25-12
Papillion-La Vista def. Millard South 24-26, 25-23, 25-17
Om. Burke def. Om. South 25-10, 25-10
Pool D (at Papio South)
Millard North def. Bellevue East 25-9, 25-18
Papillion-La Vista South def. Om. Benson 25-13, 25-19
Millard North def. Om. Benson 25-10, 25-12
Papillion-La Vista South def. Bellevue East 25-12, 25-16
Millard North def. Papillion-La Vista South 25-19, 27-25
Bellevue East def. Om. Benson 25-21, 26-24