Papillion-La Vista faced a new challenge Saturday in remaining unbeaten on the season.
For the first time in the season, the Monarchs were pushed to a fifth game in the final match of the Westside Invite against Marian, pulling out a 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 12-25, 15-7 victory for the invite title
The way Papio responded to the fifth game pleased coach Kristen Lebeda-Svehla, especially with the lopsided 25-12 loss in the fourth set.
“I wanted to see our reaction,” Lebeda-Svehla said. “I still liked our composure. I felt our composure was still there, even though we lost game four the way we did.”
After splitting the first four points of game five, the Monarchs rattled of 10 of the next 12 points to take control of the set. Katie Stephens had four of her team-high 20 kills in the decisive fifth set.
Elena Melendez and Priscilla O’Dowd added 11 kills apiece with O’Dowd and Steph Gaston combining for 17 blocks. Jess Peters, Ellie McDonnel and McKenzie Michalek each racked up over 20 digs while Peters added 45 set assists.
The Monarchs defeated Elkhorn Saturday morning in straight sets to reach to the finals after topping Lincoln Southwest, Bellevue East and Bellevue West Friday in pool play without dropping a set. Stephens racked up 26 kills in pool play action with O’Dowd adding 22.
Bellevue West rallied for two wins Saturday to win the consolation bracket championship with a 25-23, 25-24, 22-25, 15-25, 17-15 victory over Millard North after beating Westside 3-0 earlier in the day. West’s only pool play win came over Bellevue East while the Chieftains went 0-3 in pool play before losing their only game Saturday to Millard North.
The T-birds got a big game from Sage Meyer in the consolation bracket semifinals match against Westside. Meyer knocked 26 kills to go with 27 digs.
Kaite Imig notched a team-high 39 digs while Savannah Conyers racked up 46 set assists.
Christina Jerauld and Kaylie Denger led Bellevue East in Friday’s pool play with 15 and 17 kills, respectively, in the three matches. Dengel also led East with 31 digs with Sydney Slie adding 21 digs and 30 assists.
The Monarchs added a pair of wins during the week by sweeping Marian and Lincoln Pius X in the Marian Triangular Oct. 14.
The T-birds and Cheiftains each added regular season wins with the T-birds topping Westside 25-22, 25-16, 15-25, 21-25, 15-11 while the Chieftains swept Omaha North.
• Gross posted a 2-3 record in Saturday’s Michelle Smith Catholic Classic at St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park, Kan.
The Cougars (20-8) lost its first three matches to Bishop Miege (Kan.), Aquinas, and Villa Duchesne (Mo.) before bouncing back to top Ursuline Academy (Mo.) and Kapaun Mt. Carmel (Kan.). Gross beat Beatrice 3-0 during the week.
• Platteview lost a pair of games in the Nebraska Capitol Conference tournament last week to fall to 18-6
After beating Syracuse in straight sets in the first round, The Trojans fell to Arlington 25-13, 25-18, 28-26, 25-23 before a third-place loss to Douglas County West in five sets.
Colby Duvel and Nicki Stolzer produced a combined 23 kills in the Arlington match to pace the Trojans with Madi Bargstadt adding six.
Sloane Augustus, Stolzer, Taylor Partusch and Carly Stepanek each had double digit digs with Augustus leading the way with 17. Bargstadt and Stepanek combined for 34 assists.
Stolzer led the Trojans in the DC West match with 13 kills and 21 digs.
• Gretna boosted its record to 22-5 with wins over Norris (18-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-20) and Mercy (25-14, 25-19, 25-9) on the week.
Halie McArdle and Amanda Young led the Dragons with nine kills apiece in the win over Mercy with McArdle adding 26 digs. Hanna Ehmke added a team-high 27 digs to go with 22 set assists while Young and Katie Wewel combined for 24 digs. Mallory Yost and Lauren Leapley each added two blocks to go with a combined 11 kills.
• Papillion-La Vista South handled Millard North 25-18, 25-21, 25-20 during the week to improve to 20-12.
Raegan Legrand knocked 13 kills with Raechel Meisinger and Taliyah Flores adding eight apiece. Erin Warren produced 19 digs with Flores adding 14 and Taylor Crandall notching 33 assists.
• Ralston’s volleyball squad lost its only match of the week with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-22 to Beatrice in a River Cities Conference tilt.
Maddie Goltl pounded eight kills with Taylor Skiles adding seven for the Rams. Skiles and Maddie Ellis added 14 digs apiece with Sara Lainson pitching in 13. Gabby Muck and Peyton Skiles combined for 22 set assists.
- World-Herald News Service
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