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Night One of the RPAC Volleyball Tournament is in the Books

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Thursday was the first night of the RPAC Volleyball Tournament and it was an eventual opening night.

East Division

#2 seed Cambridge hosted four matches in total.

In the first round, #3 seed Southern Valley was able to take down #6 seed Medicine Valley in three sets, 25-12, 25-15, and 25-19. The Eagles moved on in the winner's bracket and for Medicine Valley they went to the consolation bracket. For the Raiders, Stella Heapy had 13 digs and six kills to lead the team.

Cambridge the #2 seed played Arapahoe the #7 seed. Cambridge won in three sets, 25-16, 25-20, and 25-13, taking care of business and heading to the next round. For Arapahoe, Sabrina Jacobsen led the way with nine kills while Rylee Bahe added five aces. Berkley Warner had 19 digs in the match. For Cambridge, Jalen Kent led the team with 15 kills and four aces. Bailee Ahlemeyr had 21 digs and Mallory Springer had 27 assists in the match. Cambridge would play Southern Valley later in the evening and Arapahoe was set to play Medicine Valley.

In the consolation match, #6 Medicine Valley beat #7 Arapahoe in the best two out of three in thrilling fashion with set scores of 25-15, 25-22, and 29-27. For Arapahoe, Jacobsen had nine kills in the match. For Medicine Valley, Remmi Stout had nine kills, 14 digs, and three blocks in the match. Arapahoe is now done in the tournament and Medicine Valley moves on in the consolation bracket to play Alma.

#2 Cambridge then took on #3 Southern Valley. The Trojans swept the Eagles 3-0, 25-19, 25-19, and 25-15, and moved on to the semi-finals. Southern Valley will move to the consolation bracket. For Cambridge, Erin Johnson had 12 kills and Kent had 10 kills in the match. Springer and Brylyn Springer each had three aces while B. Springer added five blocks in the match.

Over at Bartley, the #1 seeded Southwest hosted matches too. The first match of the evening was #4 Bertrand and #5 Alma. Alma took the first set, but Bertrand battled back and won in four sets. Set scores read, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17, and 25-22. Bertrand moved on in the winner's bracket and Alma went to the consolation bracket and will play on Monday. For Alma, Tierston Moore had 13 kills in the match while Riley Scott had four aces and 24 assists, and Miley Whitney had 32 digs. For Bertrand, Katelyn Evans had 10 kills while Shelby Schoene added eight kills and seven blocks. Brooklyn Evans had 26 digs, Emma Brown dug 19 balls, and K. Evans added 13 digs while Addison Andersen had 25 assists on the match.

Later in the evening in the winner's bracket, #1 seeded Southwest had a bye first, then played #4 seed, Bertrand. Bertrand did take the first set, but, Southwest bounced back and took the next three sets as they held off a Viking run in the fourth set to win in four, 25-22, 25-20, 25-7, and 26-24. For Southwest, Bryn Lampe had 32 assists while Kyra Nelms had 17 kills and four blocks, Atleigh Nelms also added 10 kills and 17 digs. K. Evans led the Vikings as she had 10 kills. Bertrand will take on Southern Valley in the consolation bracket.

West Division

It was packed on the West side too. #2 seeded Paxton hosted the majority of the matches on Thursday.

#3 seeded Hitchcock County played #6 seeded Wauneta-Palisade and it was a battle. It took five sets to determine a winner, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20, 30-28, and 25-13, but the Broncos moved on in the bracket. Hitchcock County went to the consolation bracket. For the Falcons, Katie Jarecke had 12 kills and Riley Hagan added 10 kills. Byanka Tyan had five aces on the match with Asia Homma had three. Defense was strong as seven players had digs in the double digits but the dig leader was Raegan Hagan with 30 digs. Raegan Hagan had 22 assists on the match and Tyan had 20 assists.

#2 Paxton played #7 Dundy County Stratton and was able to win in convincing fashion in three sets, 25-13, 25-7, and 25-6. Paxton then moved on in the bracket, DCS went to the consolation bracket to play #3 Hitchcock County. Audrey Holm led the team with seven kills and five aces.

In the consolation match between #3 Hitchcock County and #7 DCS, the Falcons won in two sets, 25-10 and 25-16. DCS is now done for the tournament. For the Falcons, Jarecke led the team with five kills.

In the winner's bracket, #2 seed Paxton faced #6 seed Wauneta-Palisade. Paxton swept the Broncos in three, 25-17, 25-21, and 25-20. Holm led the team with 13 kills.

#1 seeded Wallace hosted a pair of matches too.

#4 seeded Maywood-Hayes Center played #5 seeded Maxwell. MHC was able to capture the win in five sets, 26-24, 25-17, 25-21, 25-16, and 15-13. MHC moved to the winner's bracket, and Maxwell went to the consolation bracket and will play Monday against Hitchcock County.

Then MHC took on #1 seeded Wallace. Wallace swept the Wolves in three 25-22, 25-21, and 25-10. Kendyl Flaming and Skyler Kuhlman each had 11 kills in the match while Kuhlman and Brooke Bryant each had three blocks. Kayley Sauser had 29 assists on the match. Wallace will advance to play Paxton while MHC will move to the consolation bracket to take on Wauneta-Palisade.

Check out the bracket below to see the matchups that will take place on Monday in Bartley and Wallace.

We will continue to provide coverage from the RPAC Volleyball Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.


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