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LINCOLN — The last time Kyla Swanson saw Minden play volleyball, she was a member of the team.

On Thursday at Lincoln North Star, Swanson and the rest of her Wahoo teammates swept Minden in the first round of the Class C-1 state tournament 25-14, 25-21, 25-15.

Swanson, who moved and switched schools to top-ranked Wahoo in the offseason, said she was not nervous about playing her former school in the first round.

“We kind of got a ‘frenemies’ thing going on. They’re my friends, but not today,” Swanson said, “My team was more asking me for scouting reports than asking me if I was nervous.”

It must have worked, as Wahoo stormed out of the gates in the first set. The Warriors were led by Maddie Larson in the first set, as she had three quick kills to give Wahoo a 12-5 lead.

Maddie Larson and sister Elly Larson led the team with 13 kills apiece. Elle Glock had seven kills and 10 digs while Kinsley Tingelhoff finished with 35 set assists.

In the second set, Minden jumped ahead 7-3 early and led 13-9 later in the set. The Whippets couldn’t hold on to that lead throughout the set, as a balanced attack from both Larsons and Swanson controlling the net was too much from the Warriors.

Wahoo went on a 16-8 run to win the set 25-21, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

“We just faltered at 20,” Minden coach Ed Rowse said. “We had it right there where we could take a set.”

Jensen Rowse had 13 kills for Minden.

It was all Warriors in the third, as Wahoo dominated 25-15 to end Minden’s 12-match win streak and move on to the state semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday against North Bend, a 25-17, 15-25, 25-17, 25-23 winner over Malcolm.


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