By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Five area high school volleyball teams, two of which were on Chase County’s 2010 schedule, have qualified for the state tournament this week.
First round games today (Thursday) will be played in Grand Island and Hastings, with the semi-finals Friday and Saturday’s finals all in Grand Island.
The Heartland Events Center will host Saturday’s finals in six classes.
Southwest and Sutherland, two teams on the Lady Longhorn schedule, made the state tourney cut, as did teams from Ogallala, Wallace and Bridgeport.
Here’s a breakdown on how they qualified and first round action:
Sutherland—The only SPVA conference school in the tournament, the Lady Sailors qualified Friday after winning the D1-6 district, defeating Creek Valley in straight sets. With a 15-16 record, they are seeded No. 8 and go up against No. 1 Exeter-Milligan (30-1) Thursday at G.I. Northwest. Match time is 12:30 p.m. CT
Southwest—Southwest got into the C2 state tourney on one of two wild cards, after losing to Perkins County in the C2-11 subdistricts last week. However, their 25-5 record had them at No. 4 in the NSAA point standings, which was high enough to qualify. They are the No. 4 seed in the tourney, and will play No. 5 Shelby/RC Thursday at Hastings High School at 7:30 p.m. CT
Bridgeport—Bridgeport, which won the C2-12 subdistrict, defeated Perkins County Friday in the district C2-6 finals in a five-game match for their state ticket. Perkins County won the C2-11 sub-district, but fell in the district finals. Bridgeport (21-9), seeded seventh, goes up against No. 2 seed Thayer Central Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT at Hastings High School.
Ogallala—The Lady Indians, now competing in C-1, defeated Hershey 3-1 in the C1-6 district finals Friday. Ogallala takes its 29-6 record to state, where they have the No. 4 seed. They’ll face No. 5 seed Scotus (20-6) Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT at Hastings College.
Wallace—Wallace, at 25-0, is one of just four undefeated teams headed to state, but is seeded third in the Class D2 tournament. They won Friday’s D2-5 districts, beating Brady in straight sets. Wallace will play No. 6 Dodge in Thursday’s opener, at 12:30 p.m. at Grand Island Central Catholic.
Brackets for all six classes can be found on the Nebraska School Activities Association website: www.nsaahome.org
All of Saturday’s championship matches will be broadcast on NET, Nebraska’s public television station.