It’s been a wild week for volleyball across the state – and Nate Thomas’ latest grades reflect the madness. There are two new No. 1 teams, and both have taken a big leap forward to claim their place at the top.
1. Butterfly-LV South;11-2;1
2. Lincoln South West;5-0;3
6. Butterfly-La Vista;6-3;5
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Competitors: Grand Island, Southeast Lincoln, South Elkhorn.
Comments: A busy week has brought a lot of movement in Class A. Lincoln East continues to climb the chart alongside Lincoln Southwest after both won the top 10 this week. The LPS Classic could pit the two against each other for the first time. A busy week for Papillion-La Vista South keeps them on top.
Key matches: Tuesday-Grand Island to Lincoln Southwest, Lincoln Southeast to Lincoln Pius X. Friday-Classic LPS. Saturday-Classic LPS.
Competitors: Alliance, Gering, Scottsbluff, Elkhorn.
Comments: The top remains together after they all held steady this week, outside of Elkhorn North beating Waverly and Norris beating Seward. Bennington makes a small jump after a big weekend against Class A opponents.
Tuesday-Waverly at Norris, Gering at Scottsbluff. Thursday-Sidney at Alliance.
1. North Bend Central; 11-0; 8
2. Kearney Catholic; 7-0; 2
7. View of Lake Columbus; 7-2; 7
Competitors: Ogallala, Bishop Neumann, DC West, Yutan.
Comments: North Bend Central upset Grand Island CC’s No. 1 team on Saturday and took the crown as the No. 1 team in Class C-1. The depth of C-1 continues to increase each week. Thursday and weekend matches look to have more action to shake up the standings again.
Key matches: Tuesday-Adams Central in Aurora. Thursday-DC West to Archbishop Bergan, Pierce to Crofton, North Bend Central to Wisner-Pilger.
1. Lincoln Lutheran;11-0;1
4. Bishop Bergan;11-1;5
Competitors: Humphrey/LHF, Laurel-CC, Southwest, Centura.
Comments: Lincoln Lutheran continues to sail throughout his season. Oakland-Craig dropped a three-setter against Columbus Lakeview but still appears to be right behind the Warriors. Summerland’s undefeated start drives them up.
Key matches: Tuesday-Superior to Sutton, Oakland-Craig to Humphrey/LHF. Thursday-Clarkson/Leigh to Humphrey/LHF.
1. Maywood-Hayes Center;10-0;1
2. Norfolk Catholic;7-1;2
3. Nebraska Christian;9-2;3
Competitors: Loomis, Elmwood-Murdock, Sterling, Central Valley, Ravenna, Silver Lake, Meridian, Hartington CC.
Comments: Maywood-Hayes Center and Norfolk Catholic continue to split as the best in the D-1 class, just as most believed before the season. Hastings SC continue to slide, but a tough schedule is keeping them going for now. Little separates the second half of the top 10 and the contenders.
Key matches: Tuesday-Norfolk Catholic to Hartington CC, Loomis to Cambridge, Shelton to Axtell. Thursday-Loomis at Axell.
Competitors: Ansley-Litchfield, Paxton, Medicine Valley, Potter-Dix.
Comments: Overton had three ranked opponents on his schedule last week and defeated all three. Their only loss so far this season is against Cambridge and plenty of wins against ranked opponents make up for that. Falls City SH slipped with a pair of losses, and Howells-Dodge and Shelton each went on to win.
Key matches: Tuesday-Wakefield to Howells-Dodge.