The past two weeks hadn’t been kind to the Norris volleyball team.
The Titans dropped four out of six matches against some of Class B’s top teams and fell out of the ratings, but it appears it just inspired them.
Norris slammed through the Eastern Midlands Conference on Saturday with wins over Elkhorn, No. 6 Gretna and ultimately a 19-25, 25-19, 25-14 win over No. 5 Bennington in the championship match to take the tournament crown.
The EMC title is the Titans first since 1994, well before any of the players who lifted the plaque were born.
“I was actually a senior the last time we won this tournament, and to be able to put up a 2017 banner alongside the ’94 banner is special,” Norris coach Christina Boesiger said. “We know how hard it is to win this tournament, but the girls came out ready to play today and took care of the ball.”
The Titans hadn’t dropped a set in the tournament until the championship match as Nyah Chambers and Paige Wilkinson caused fits for the other EMC defenses.
“We played three great matches (Saturday),” Boesiger added. “There’s a lot of season left and we know that we have a tough week of practice upcoming without any games, but there’s a lot of positive energy with this team right now.”
Other Saturday scores
Fairbury def. Heartland Christian, IA, 25-14, 25-21 (2-0)
Diller-Odell def. Fairbury, 25-19, 25-23 (2-0)
Diller-Odell def. Sterling, 25-19, 25-21 (2-0)
Palmyra def. Diller-Odell, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21 (2-1)
Palmyra def. Pawnee City, 25-15, 25-19 (2-0)
Pawnee City def. Tri County, 25-23, 25-20 (2-0)
Sterling def. Heartland Christian, IA, 25-7, 25-13 (2-0)
Sterling def. Pawnee City, 25-18, 24-26, 25-23 (2-1)
Tri County def. Fairbury, 19-25, 25-16, 25-14 (2-1)
Tri County def. Falls City, 25-20, 25-23 (2-0)