LINCOLN – And a freshman shall lead.
The top-ranked Wahoo Warrior volleyball team secured their second consecutive volleyball title on Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Freshman Mya Larson hammered a team-high 24 kills while powering the Warriors to a five-set 18-25, 25-20, 25-14, 21-25, 15-10 victory over Lincoln Lutheran.
“I was so happy that we were able to do this for the seniors,’’ Wahoo Coach Trish Larson said. “We showed a lot of heart tonight. I’m proud of the way we stayed poised. The girls believed in each other.’’’
Lincoln Lutheran playing in their first state title match since 2005, gained momentum early in set one and were able to close out Wahoo by a score of 25-20.
Wahoo found better offensive rhythm in the second and third sets and were able to take a two sets to one lead after winning sets two and three by scores of 25-20 and 25-14.
Wahoo did not play well in the fourth set, giving Lutheran new life.
Wahoo had six service errors in fourth set and were also plagued by three net violations leading to a 25-21 fourth set victory for Lutheran.
Wahoo got off to a great start in the fifth set, scoring the first three points.
“They got ahead by a few points and we just couldn’t catch up,’’ said Lincoln Lutheran Coach Sue Ziegler. “They grabbed that early lead, and that’s huge in a fifth set.’’
Lutheran got within a point at 7-6 on a Buss kill, but a Wahoo timeout helped turn the tide. Wahoo won the next three points, two on Lutheran hitting errors, to open a 10-6 advantage.
Ziegler used two timeouts late in the set, but Lutheran never could stem the Wahoo momentum. Leading 14-10, Wahoo finished off the victory on a kill by Elly Larson.
“Before that fifth set, I told our team that we needed to stay aggressive,’’ Larson said. “If we were going out, we were going out swinging.’’
Mya and Elly Larson combined to finish with 44 kills while providing offensive punch the entire match.
Senior Kyla Swanson added nine kills and led the Warriors with six solo blocks.
“This was my last match with some very talented
girls,’’ Swanson said. “I’m glad we were able to finish it the way we did.’’
Sophomore setter Elle Glock finished the match with 52 set assists. Saturday’s performance upped her season assist total to 1,133, a new school record and a new Class C-1 season record for assists in a season.
The Warriors 35 wins also set a new school record, breaking the record they set a season ago.