Fast start not enough as Blue Devils bow to Broken Bow at state
LINCOLN — The Wayne High volleyball team got off to a fast start, but couldn’t sustain the early momentum as its season came to an end Thursday afternoon.
Broken Bow stormed back after losing the first set and dominated the net in the final three sets, sending Wayne home with a 22-25, 25-20, 25-8, 25-18 defeat in the opening round of the Class C-1 State Volleyball Championships at Lincoln North Star High School.
The Blue Devils picked up where they left off after last week’s district championship win, riding the hitting of junior middle hitter Lauren Pick, who had nine of her team-high 27 kills in the opening set.
Wayne built a 19-13 lead after a service ace by Pick, but the Indians battled back to get within two before Emily Armstrong was able to finish off the first set with a kill to give Wayne the early advantage.
The second set was a back-and-forth affair with Armstrong’s kill giving Wayne its last lead of the set at 9-8. Broken Bow put built a 17-12 lead beforeWayne rallied with a kill by Pick and an ace by Erin O’Reilly to get within three at 17-14, but Broken Bow was able to regain the momentum and closed out the second set with a kill by Kya Scott to even the match.
It was all Broken Bow in the third set. After Wayne scored the first two points on an Indian error and an ace serve by Armstrong, the Indidans rolled off 10 consecutive points to take command of the match. Wayne made a game of it in the fourth set, but could get no closer than two points, the final time coming at 16-14 after a Broken Bow net violation.
Pick led the 29-6 Blue Devils with 27 kills, Armstrong added 10, Emily Longe had five, Rubie Klausen added three, Kiara Krusemark had two and Sydney Redden had one. Krusemark had 42 assists and one ace serve, while O’Reilly, Armstrong and Pick added ace serves. Defensively, Armstrong and Hailey Backer each had 21 digs, Pick added 15, Redden had 12, Frankie Klausen had eight, Krusemark and Klausen had three apiece, O’Reilly had two and Longe had one.
Complete coverage in next week’s edition of The Wayne Herald.