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Elkhorn Valley is just one game away from a trip to the state tournament since 2008.
The Falcons took home the D1-5 subdistrict championship on Monday with two wins in Creighton.
They started the night off against Osmond. The Tigers took down the Falcons in an exciting first set, but Elkhorn Valley took control the rest of the way to win in four sets 27-29, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21.
Elkhorn Valley got points in a variety of ways. At the net, Hannah Ollendick and Sierra Rystrom were dominant. They put down 16 and 15 kills, respectively, as part of the Falcons’ 44 team kills. They were also strong from the serving line, posting five aces each, matched by five more from Amber Miller. Miller controlled the flow of the game throughout, dishing out 32 assists.
The second game of the night matched Elkhorn Valley up with the top seed, Randolph. The results were a near-mirror image of the Falcons’ first game, with Elkhorn Valley losing the first set before taking the next three, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-16.
Ollendick and Rystrom were again on top of their game, posting 19 kills each. As a team, the Falcons had 11 aces, with two each coming from Ollendick, Miller, Olivia Nall, Bri Werner and Jasmine Wiese. Defensively, Miller brought up 26 digs while Nall added 23 more digs.
The win sends Elkhorn Valley on to the district final. They will play on Thursday against the winner of Tuesday’s Elgin Public/Pope John and West Holt battle.