Game Day: Nebraska State Volleyball Tournament Nov. 10-12, 2016

Out of the six states I’ve worked at newspaper publications in I’d have to say Nebraska takes the cake as far as volleyball popularity. These girls play their hearts out and the coaches, student body fans and parents are all part of a collective support system. The level of intensity and talent that I saw this season was unlike any other I can remember.

Hampton celebrates their three straight set victory over WYNOT to capture the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Hampton celebrates their three straight set victory over WYNOT to capture the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Hampton senior Madison Van Housen (6) peers over the net while getting a kill against WYNOT during the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Hampton senior Madison Van Housen (6) peers over the net while getting a kill against WYNOT during the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Hampton senior Tristin Mason serves against WYNOT during the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Hampton senior Tristin Mason jump serves on the Terry Pettit Court against WYNOT during the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Coaches, players and some of the father’s of Hampton Hawks players celebrate a point against WYNOT during the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Coaches, players and some of the father’s of Hampton Hawks players celebrate a point against WYNOT during the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Stanton Mustangs players drop to the hardwood at the Bob Devaney Sports Center while celebrating their three-straight set victories over Diller-Odell winning the Class C2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship Saturday. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Stanton Mustangs players drop to the hardwood at the Bob Devaney Sports Center while celebrating their three-straight set victories over Diller-Odell winning the Class C2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship Saturday. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Stanton senior Sally Brechbill yells while huddled with her teammates celebrating a point against Diller-Odell during the Class C2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship.

Stanton senior Sally Brechbill yells while huddled with her teammates celebrating a point against Diller-Odell during the Class C2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship.

Grand Island Northwest head coach Diane Rouzee gives a hug to Mackenzie Hageman after receiving her second place state medal concluding the Class B NSAA State Championship against Omaha Skutt Catholic at the Devaney Sports Center Saturday. Skutt won in three straight sets.

Grand Island Northwest head coach Diane Rouzee gives a hug to Mackenzie Hageman after receiving her second place state medal concluding the Class B NSAA State Championship against Omaha Skutt Catholic at the Devaney Sports Center Saturday. Skutt won in three straight sets.

Grand Island Northwest Taylor Hageman serves with Vikings fans making kaleidoscope eyes behind her during the Class B NSAA State Championship against Omaha Skutt Catholic at the Devaney Sports Center.

Grand Island Northwest Taylor Hageman serves with Vikings fans making kaleidoscope eyes behind her during the Class B NSAA State Championship against Omaha Skutt Catholic at the Devaney Sports Center.

The Northwest Lady Vikings celebrate a point against Gretna during round two of the Class B 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Northwest Lady Vikings celebrate a point against Gretna during round two of the Class B 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Northwest senior Sierra Holliday stands at the net against Gretna during round two of the Class B 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Northwest senior Sierra Holliday stands at the net against Gretna during round two of the Class B 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Northwest senior Kelsey Placke statically places the ball over the net against Gretna during round two of the Class B 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Northwest senior Kelsey Placke statically places the ball over the net against Gretna during round two of the Class B 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Hampton Hawks sophomore Jacey Klassen (11) waves during opening introductions as the starters are introduced during round two of the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Next to Klassen is Tristen Mason, Madison Van Housen, Tayler Klassen, Jamie Troester and Kiersten Dose. Hampton beat CWC in three straight sets and will advance to the State Championship Saturday.

Hampton Hawks sophomore Jacey Klassen (11) waves during opening introductions as the starters are introduced during round two of the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Next to Klassen is Tristen Mason, Madison Van Housen, Tayler Klassen, Jamie Troester and Kiersten Dose. Hampton beat CWC in three straight sets and will advance to the State Championship Saturday.

Hampton senior Tayler Klassen serves against CWCduring round two of the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Hampton beat CWC in three straight sets and will advance to the State Championship Saturday.

Hampton senior Tayler Klassen serves against CWCduring round two of the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Hampton beat CWC in three straight sets and will advance to the State Championship Saturday.

Doniphan-Trumbull sophomore Maddie Fitch against Diller Odell during round two of the Class C2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Doniphan-Trumbull sophomore Maddie Fitch against Diller Odell during round two of the Class C2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Doniphan-Trumbull celebrates a point against Southern Valley during round one of the 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at Lincoln Southwest High School.

Doniphan-Trumbull celebrates a point against Southern Valley during round one of the 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at Lincoln Southwest High School.

Doniphan-Trumbull head coach Gina Fitch yells out to her players against Southern Valley during round one of the 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at Lincoln Southwest High School.

Doniphan-Trumbull head coach Gina Fitch yells out to her players against Southern Valley during round one of the 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championships at Lincoln Southwest High School.

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Omaha Skutt Catholic Skyhawks senior outside hitter Brooke Heyne jumps after getting a kill against Grand Island Northwest in the Class B State Volleyball Championship.

 

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