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Fremont Bergan stretched its winning streak to six matches on Saturday by winning the championship of the Cedar Bluffs Volleyball Tournament at Midland University.

“The girls showed a lot of poise in some adverse situations throughout the day,” Bergan coach Sue Wewel said “They continue to get better and better with their team chemistry and positioning on the court.”

The Lady Knights opened with a 25-22, 25-10 win over Mead.

“We played some good defense and forced Bergan out of its quick offense in the first set,” Mead coach Keshia Havelka said. “The second set wasn’t pretty and we made numerous mental mistakes. We couldn’t stop Bergan’s attack and we committed too many errors against a good team to have a chance.”

Allie DeGroff had 13 points and four kills for Bergan. Haley Kempf added five kills while Allison Dieckmann contributed 16 set assists and eight points.

June Johnson had three kills, two aces and three digs for Mead. Josie Parham had seven set assists while Michyla Lihs had seven digs and an ace.

The Lady Knights beat Humphrey Saint Francis 25-19, 19-25, 25-21 in the semifinals. Lexie Langley led Bergan with 27 kills, 20 points and 15 digs.

Dieckmann had seven points, 24 digs and 38 set assists. Kaia McIntyre contributed 18 points and 10 digs. Libero Meghan Dahlhauser had 24 digs. DeGroff finished with seven kills and 15 digs.

Freshman Lauren Baker contributed four kills and two blocks.

In the championship match, Bergan beat the host school 25-16, 25-13.

Dahlhauser and McIntyre had 11 points each. Langley (seven kills), Kempf (five kills) and DeGroff (three kills) were the top attackers. The latter had three kills.

“After a below average start on our serve receive and serving we progressed throughout the day getting a lot better at passing and serving,” Wewel said. “Our blocking got up big and our defense worked hard which made a difference in all three of the matches putting pressure on the opposing hitters.”

Mead finished fifth. The Raiders beat Omaha Christian Academy 25-21, 25-16 behind Jayden Haag’s 11 kills and five from Delaney Patocka. Mead then downed Omaha Brownell-Talbot 25-21, 26-24.

Rebecca Halbmaier had five kills and Lihs had 18 digs. Freshman Riley Langemeier had three ace serves.

The Lady Knights, 8-2, play Thursday at Douglas County West in Valley.


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