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Diller-Odell beats HTRS to reach state semis
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Diller-Odell beats HTRS to reach state semis


LINCOLN -- Diller-Odell coach Kandice Jurgens was nervous about facing Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer for the third time this season, but her team was able to take care of business.

The second-seeded Lady Griffins defeated seventh-seeded HTRS in three sets 25-18, 28-26, 25-11 to advance to the semifinals of the Class D1 State Tournament.

Diller-Odell will play at 11 a.m. on Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Earlier in the season, the Lady Griffins swept HTRS 2-0, but in the Pioneer Conference Champinship, the two teams battled to five sets before the Griffins finally won.

The third time wasn't a charm for HTRS as Diller-Odell was hitting on all cylinders Thursday night. Jurgens said she was most pleased with serve receive because that's what hindered her team against Kenesaw last Saturday in the district final.

"I'm really happy with how we played today," Jurgens said. "In the beginning, we had to feel ourselves out a little, but we worked hard on serve receiving this week and I was impressed with that. I don't think we got aced much today and we hope that carries on."

Diller-Odell only got ace served three times and they were mostly early on.

The Lady Griffins faced adversity twice during the match. They fell behind 6-2 in the first set, but Jurgens elected to not take a time out. They were able to right the ship with four straight points to tie it and never trailed by more than one the rest of the set and they eventually started to pull away.

"I like to see if the girls can work through those holes before I call a time out and sometimes I wait a little too long," Jurgens said. "It was just a matter of settling in."

In the second set, Diller-Odell led 23-19, but HTRS rallied to take a 25-24 lead and were serving for set point. Three kills by Mackenzie Vitosh down the stretch and another kill by Karli Heidemann allowed Diller-Odell to get the 28-26 win.

"We've been focused on trying to not let teams back into sets, but we've done that every time we've played HTRS," Jurgens said. "We were able to overcome it and fight back and that shows a little bit about what our team is made of."

Diller-Odell jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the third set and never looked back on their way to a 25-11 win to complete the sweep.

Jurgens was pleased with the play of her front line players Karli Heidemann, Emily Swanson and Mackenzie Vitosh, Karli Heidemann. Vitosh had 17 kills, Swanson had 12 kills and Karlie Heidemann had 11 kills.

"Those girls were on hitting," Jurgens said. "I don't know what our hitting percentage was, but I'm going to guess it was pretty good."

Madelyn Meyerle had three kills, Addison Heidemann had two kills and Ava Lovitt had one kill.

Addison Heidemann had 38 assists and five ace serves. Meyerle had three ace serves. Vitosh, Heidemann and Swanson had a block each.

Lauren Nanninga had eight kills for HTRS while Katilyn Glathar had seven kills, Carissa Allen had three kills and Natalie Novak had one kill. Novak had 17 assists.

HTRS' season comes to an end after posting a 24-9 record. Nanninga, Allen and Kylie Kalie are the three seniors they will lose off of this year's team.


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