WAHOO — The showdown between Fremont Bergan and Palmyra in the C2-1 subdistrict at Wahoo High School never really materialized on Tuesday night.
The Lady Knights controlled the match throughout to take a 25-10, 25-13, 25-14 win over the Panthers. The win advances Bergan to a substate match on Saturday against an opponent and site that will be announced on Wednesday.
“It was a smooth game for us in about every facet,” Bergan coach Sue Wewel said. We didn’t play scared and we played very well. I thought we dug everything on defense and our block got up big.”
Lexie Langley led Bergan with 11 kills. Haley Kempf and Allie DeGroff had eight kills each.
Palmyra scored the first point of the match before Bergan went on a 6-2 run. Emma Walz and Langley had kills during the run while DeGroff and Kempf had an ace serve apiece.
After Palmyra got to within 7-4, Bergan went on a 12-1 run that includes kills by Langley, Lauren Baker and DeGroff. Palmyra’s lone point came on a kill by senior Megan Vaughn.
Kempf’s kill ended the set and put the Lady Knights up 1-0.
The second set didn’t start much better for the Panthers. Langley had three kills while Kempf had two and Baker one as Bergan led 8-3.
Palmyra fought back to go up 11-10 on a Wesley Steward ace serve. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Lady Knights responded with a 9-0 run.
Kempf and DeGroff had kills during the run and Meghan Dahlhauser added an ace serve. Allison Dieckmann, who finished with seven aces, delivered three straight to push it to match point before DeGroff ended it with a kill.
Palmyra seized some momentum in the third game. Vaughn had two kills to help put the Panthers up 6-1, but Bergan chipped away.
Langley had a trio of kills to trim the deficit to 7-6. Kempf put Bergan ahead for good with an ace serve to make it 8-7. Palmyra closed to 9-8 on a Vaughn kill, but Bergan went on an 11-3 run.
DeGroff capped the surge with a block while Dieckmann added a kill and a pair of aces.
Kempf closed out the match with a kill.
Bergan advanced to the C2-1 final by defeating Omaha Brownell-Talbot 25-12, 25-14, 25-10 on Monday night.
“A big thing for us was serve and serve receive,” Wewel said. “That is a key to all of our matches as we go down the road. I thought we did a good job of serving aggressively. We just need to clean up our errors.”
The Lady Knights had 15 ace serves, led by Kempf’s five. DeGroff and Dieckmann had four apiece.
OBT was only down 10-6 in the first set, but a DeGroff kill sparked a 10-3 run by the Lady Knights.
Langley led the attack with eight kills while DeGroff had seven. Kempf finished with six while Baker added four. Baker was the top blocker with four while Langley and Kempf had three apiece.
Dieckmann and Kempf had 18 points apiece while DeGroff had 15. Langley had a team-best nine digs and DeGroff had eight. Dahlhauser was perfect of 14 serve receptions.
Brownell-Talbot advanced by downing Yutan 23-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-18 in the first match on Monday.