Top seed hands Ansley first loss

Two area teams participated in the quarter finals of the State High School Volleyball tournament Thursday, with one team advancing to the semi-finals and one team seeing their season come to an end. The Ansley Lady Warriors moved on to the semi-finals, which was played at 11 a.m. this morning (Friday) in Grand Island, where they met top-seed Sterling led by the state's top kill shooter. The Lady Warriors made a valiant effort, but came up short in that semi-final match losing in four sets. Sterling won the first match 25-19, then Ansley came back to win the second 25-18. But Sterling showed why they are the top seed in Class D2, winning the next two sets 25-23 and 25-18. The Lady Warriors were led by senior Taylor Rohde who had 11 kills in the game. Chelsey Entz and Sierra Rohde each had 10 kills, and Katie Drake had 10 digs in the game. Courtney Marsh and Sierra Rohde also combined for 31 assists. Ansley defeated Hay Springs in the quarter finals in three sets; 25-20, 25-18 and 25-12. Senior Taylor Rohde led the Lady Warriors with 17 kills and 4 ace serves. Sierra Rohde had 14 kills, and Chelsey Entz racked up 11 kills, and Courtney Marsh contributed with 21 assists and 10 digs in the match. Ansley will meet Sterling, who defeated Mullen, in today's semi's. In quarter final play, the Mullen Lady Broncos had a tough time defending the state's leading kill shot holder from Sterling, as Mullen was defeated in three sets; 25-21, 25-20 and 25-17. Tricia Young and Mardee Sierks each had 9 kills for the Lady Broncos. Madi Tomlinson contributed 20 assists and Rachael Hoesing had 2 ace serves. The Lady Warriors will have one more game in the state tournament, as they will play for third place Saturday at noon at Grand Island Northwest.