LINCOLN - Redemption came in dominating fashion for the Cedar Catholic volleyball team in the state semifinals on Friday.
The Lady Trojans swept Superior in three straight sets, a revenge win 363 days after Superior upset the undefeated Cedar Catholic team in the state championship game the year before - a game that took Cedar to its first five-set match of the year.
This year’s sweep left senior Jada Cattau trying to find words in the post-game interview
“ [It feels] absolutely amazing. I don’t think anyone saw us coming. I don’t really have words for that. It feels great to [get] revenge from last year, especially in the state semifinals. I’m so proud of my team.”
The sweep seemed to even catch head coach Denae Buss by surprise, as she prepared her team for a match similar to the grueling, long match the year before.
“I don’t think we were expecting that. We stressed that you have to play point all the way to the end no matter what’s going to happen.”
Cedar Catholic came out quick early, with a defensive game plan of playing tough at the net. It was shown early on a block by junior Kenlee Goeden. As the team celebrated in excitement, Goeden let out a cheer and seemed to stare down Superior junior and Nebraska Husker commit Kalynn Meyer.
Despite Meyer finishing with 17 kills, it was clear the Cedar made things difficult for her throughout the match. Meyer had 30 kills in her first round match, most by any C2 player on Thursday.
Cattau had a similar block on Meyer early in the third set, and the emotion was clear on the seniors face as she celebrated with her team, doing the traditional “BOOM” cheer.
She said it felt “amazing because last year she kind of beat us by herself. She had so many kills on us, and just the fact of blocking her, in general, had us thinking ‘oh my God we did that’ and it boosted our confidence level sky high.”
The win showed Cedar string together three solid sets in a row, something the team did not manage to do in the first round against Thayer Central the day before. The Lady Trojans won that match in five sets after allowing their opponent to come back from a 2-0 set deficit but were able to win the match in the fifth.
“It was much cleaner, much more in an offensive mode,” said Buss. “Yesterday they definitely made us work on defense. Not that we didn’t work today, but I think we picked it up, and played smarter.”
Cattau led her team for the second night in a row in kills, posting 13 on Friday.
The win for Cedar sent the team to the state championship match for the second year in a row. Cedar was one of two upsets in the C2 semifinals, with 3 seed Blue Hill upsetting 2 seed Stanton as well.
The girls played on Friday in Pinnacle Bank Arena and earned their way to a game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday.
Cedar Catholic 25 25 25
Superior 22 19 17
Cedar Catholic - Jada Cattau, 13; Maddie Wieseler, 10; Brianna Miller, 6; Kenlee Goeden, 4; Abby Hochstein, 3; Tori Arens, 1. Superior - Kalynn Meyer, 17; Shayla Meyer, 7; Trisha Hayes, 2; Teghan Sullivan, 1.
Cedar Catholic - Maddie Wieseler, 15; Aiden Wortmann, 14; Tori Arens, 7; Megan Heimes, 1. Superior - Teghan Sullivan, 25; Shayla Meyer, 2.
Cedar Catholic - Jada Cattau, 1; Brianna Miller, 1; Maddie Wieseler, 1. Superior - Teghan Sullivan, 2; Kalynn Meyer, 2.
Cedar Catholic - Brianna Miller, 3; Maddie Wieseler, 2; Kenlee Goeden, 2; Jada Cattau, 1; Abby Hochstein, 1. Superior - Trisha Hayes, 2; Emma Schnakenberg, 2; Cailyn Barry, 1.
Cedar Catholic - Megan Heimes, 18; Maddie Wieseler, 13; Aiden Wortmann, 9; Jada Cattau, 3; Abby Hochstein, 3; Brianna Miller, 2; Tori Arens, 1. Superior - Teghan Sullivan, 14; Trisha Hayes, 12; Sierra Blackburn, 11; Shayla Meyer, 9; Kalynn Meyer, 8; Emma Schnakenberg, 2; Cailyn Barry, 1.
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