PAPILLION — Fremont High School saw its season come to an end Wednesday afternoon as fourth-ranked Papillion-La Vista South swept the Tigers in the A-5 district tournament.
The top-seeded Titans jumped out on the Tigers early and controlled the match throughout as they won 25-8, 25-10, 25-7 to advance to the final.
In the first set, the Titans came out hot. They opened a 16-2 advantage before Fremont’s Chelsea Judds-Krenk stopped the run with a kill.
Papillion-Lavista South’s Taliyah Flores controlled the net throughout the first set, earning multiple kills as the Titans prevailed.
“They are just so much faster than we can practice for. Our blockers have been playing really well the last couple weeks but we just can’t practice against that speed and we don’t see it that often, either,” Fremont coach Cindy Kostek said. “And it just goes down from there because your defense is set around your block.”
In the second set the Tigers again fell behind early as the Titans built a 5-1 lead. A Judds-Krenk kill trimmed the deficit to 5-2.
Following a Peyton Schendt ace to give the Titans a 13-4 lead, FHS freshman Hannah Wilson went on a three-point run of her own. She earned a kill and then had two consecutive aces to cut Papillion-LaVista South’s lead to 13-7.
After Wilson’s three-point run, the Titans took over. They scored 12 of the next 14 points to take a two-set advantage.
“Even when we had some good swings they are just such good blockers. There is a reason they are where they are,” Kostek said.
In the final set of the match, the Titans again controlled the net earning nine kills and two blocks on their way to a 25-7 victory.
The loss ended the Tigers’ season as they finished with a record of 8-25 in Kostek’s first season.
Wilson had three kills, two aces and 10 assists. Elizabeth Greunke and Judds-Krenk had two kills each. Rylee Williams had eight digs.
Kostek praised her team’s effort and improvement throughout the season, and thanked seniors Greunke, Williams, Jayden McDuffee, ShayLee TenEyck and Savanna Pieper for their dedication and hard work.
“They started believing in themselves more as the season went along we played a lot of really good teams throughout the season,” Kostek said of her team. “They came back every single day excited to play, excited to practice and they did everything that we asked them to do. They are a great group of girls.”