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For the second straight season the Cedar Valley Lady Mavericks (Cedar Rapids/Greeley/Wolbach) will compete in the Nebraska State Volleyball Tournament, held this week in Grand Island.
One year after placing third in Class D1 with a sterling 33-2 record, Cedar Valley returns to the state tourney, not as a district champion, but a deserving wild card entrant.
The Mavericks were denied a district title by 30-2 Humphrey last week in Albion – the second time Cedar Valley was defeated by the Bulldogs in 2011.
Cedar Valley hasn’t lost many other matches during a 27-4 campaign and qualified for the state field with the third-best NSAA point average in D1.
The Mavericks became a wild card selection after being swept by an athletic Humphrey squad 25-20, 25-16, 25-10 in the D1-3 District final at Boone Central High School Nov. 3.
For Humphrey, the victory was historic, marking the first district title and state tournament berth in volleyball in the school’s history.
In a back-and-forth opening set, Cedar Valley used a 9-3 run to take a 17-16 lead, but the Bulldogs responded with their own 9-3 run to win the set and grab the momentum. From there, it was all Humphrey.
Humphrey stormed to the victory behind 10 kills apiece by Shuraya and Alyssa Frauendorfer. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs held Cedar Valley standout Skyler Erickson, who has over 400 kills for the season, to just five.
It was the third meeting between the two teams in 2011, with Humphrey winning the last two.
“Just like the last time we saw them, they were solid on defense,” said CV Coach Todd Beck. “If you are the better passing team, you’re going to win. Humphrey was in this one.”
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