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By LuAnn Schindler

Bobcats fall to Crusaders in state tourney opening round


November 14, 2019

LuAnn Schindler

Tight set • Kyra Nilson (10) avoids contact with the net while sending the ball to Tiana Thramer during the third set of the Summerland - Grand Island Central Catholic match at state volleyball. The Crusaders swept the Bobcats, eliminating the local athletes from advancing to the second round.

The eventual 2019 Class C2 state champs downed Summerland in straight sets 25-14, 25-12, 25-20 in the first round of the state tourney Nov. 7 at Lincoln Southwest High School.

The pace of the first set caused Summerland to be out of system, making it difficult for setter Kyra Nilson to get a set to her usual powerhouse hitters.

The Bobcats ended with 14 hitting errors and five net violations.

Throughout the match, Grand Island Central Catholic powered 10 ace serves over the net.

GICC's Courtney Toner went on a 5-0 run from the service line, pulling the Crusaders away from what started as a...

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