If the Class A volleyball field was wide open coming into the weekend, No. 3 Omaha Marian made a statement at the LPS Volleyball Classic.
The Crusaders dropped only one set over five matches on Friday and Saturday, including a dominant title-match win over Lincoln Southwest, 25-16, 25-14, on Saturday at Prasch Activities Center, to claim the crown and make a strong case for the No. 1 ranking in Nebraska’s biggest class.
“These tournaments are a great reflection of the progress you’ve made throughout the week,” Marian coach Amy McLeay said. “These kids have worked really hard. We’re throwing a lot of things at them and it’s awesome to see them respond and put in a performance like they have during this tournament.”
It was an unrelenting performance for the Marian hitters throughout the tournament as the Crusaders’ depth was just too much for other teams to handle.
Creighton commit Emily Bressman recorded eight kills in the championship match, while Lily Heim, committed to SMU, had four ace serves and two kills in the win.
Maddie Wiedenfeld, Lauren Isenberg and Iowa commit Sarah Wing provided depth and athleticism throughout the tournament at the net. They have the Crusaders looking like a squad that will be hard to top as the season continues.
“Our defense and our receive have put us in position for our hitters to attack from a multitude of spots,” McLeay said. “Wing and Wiedenfeld did a great job of attracting the middle blocker so our pins were wide open. Lily Heim has also done a great job of involving the attackers and knowing what situations are best for them.”
For Southwest, everything was going swimmingly in the tournament until the championship match. The No. 4 Silver Hawks powered past No. 9 Lincoln Southeast in the semifinals after finishing pool play 3-0 on Friday.
Southwest remained the last…