Blue Devils take care of business to win Northeast Classic

The Wayne High volleyball team didn’t mess around in the Northeast Nebraska Classic over the weekend, sweeping their way to the tournament championship with a quintet of straight-set wins.

Wayne won their three-team pool on Thursday with two-set wins over Oakland-Craig and Pender at Pender High School.

In a 25-20, 25-23 win over Oakland-Craig, Lauren Pick had eight kills, Mikaela McManigal added four and Frankie Klausen put down three to lead the way. Kiara Krusemark had 17 assists, Erin O’Reill had two ace serves, and Sydney Redden and Hailey Backer lead the defense with 15 and 12 digs, respectively.

The Blue Devils blew out the host Pendragons 25-8, 25-10. Pick had eight kills and Klausen, Emily Armstrong and Rubie Klausen had four apiece. Krusemark had 12 assists and Armstrong had three. Pick had two blocks, Redden had two ace serves and Backer led the defense with 11 digs while Redden added nine and Armstrong and Pick had seven apiece.

On Saturday, the Blue Devils played in the Gold bracket at Wisner and opened with a 25-12, 25-23 win over the host Gators. Pick had 10 kills, Frankie Klausen added three and Krusemark and Armstrong each had two. Krusemark posted 14 assists. Backer had four ace serves and 10 digs, while Armstrong and Pick shared high honors in digs with 11 apiece. Frankie Klausen added eight and Krusemark had seven.

In the second match of the day, Wayne had its toughest outing but came away with a 27-25, 27-25 win over Lutheran High Northeast. Pick had 11 kills, McManigal added six and Armstrong and Frankie Klausen both had five to lead the attack. Krusemark had 21 assists. Defensively, Pick had 16 digs, Backer had 14, Redden had 13 and Amrstrong picked up 12.

In their final match, Wayne held on for a 25-22, 25-23 win over Archbishop Bergan to take the tournament title. Pick had seven kills, Frankie Klausen and Emily Longe each had six and McManigal added five. Krusemark had 24 assists. Pick and Frankie Klausen each had two blocks, and Backer and Redden led the defense with 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Krusemark, Pick and Frankie Klausen each had five.

The 6-0 Blue Devils play Columbus Scotus in their home opener Tuesday.

The Wayne Herald

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