Games of the State Tournament
Marian volleyball has dominated Class A volleyball in the past. The volleyball program is considered to be one of the most accomplished in all Nebraska high school history. Marian has qualified for state every year since 2001 and has earned Class A state titles four of the last five years.
“Our greatest accomplishment this season would have to be beating Papio in the state tournament. We had went back and forth all season. We were 2-3 going in, and coming out with a win the first day [of the tournament] was a huge success for us. At the end of the match, we had 107 digs as a team, so that was huge for us… we walked out of the state tournament with the best volleyball we have played as a team.” senior Tatum Kuti said.
At state, Marian played Papillion LaVista in the first match and won 3-1, and played Lincoln Pius X in the second match and lost 2-3. “I feel like the state tournament went really well. We came together as a team and played our hearts out until the very last point,” junior Payton Kirchhoefer said.
They tell the whole wide world this is Marian territory
The Marian state student sections have an indescribable, energetic atmosphere that catches spectators’ attention. Girls chant words of encouragement to the players, yell rowdy cheers that get the crowd excited and sing motivational songs. The environment in the student section at state games is a rare and remarkable experience for students. At state volleyball on Nov. 8 and 9, the student section’s themes were western and Saint Patrick’s day for the first and second games, respectively.
Lots of students, like junior Emily Saalfeld, love being able to attend state games, and many say it is one of their most memorable experiences in their high school career. “The drive down to Lincoln was so much fun with my best friends. The western theme was so much fun… It is just an amazing experience to see your friends out on the court playing in state,” Saalfeld said.
Students said they are already looking forward to the next advancements to state and another chance to lose their voices from chanting with so much school spirit.
Future of Marian Volleyball
As the seniors play their last sports seasons at Marian, it brings new opportunities for the youth on the teams. The juniors are preparing to take on leadership roles for the upcoming season. Junior Sarah Montague said, “The things that I am most looking forward to in the next years of Marian volleyball are expanding on the relationships and connections that we have built from this year’s experience. I am also looking forward to getting better with my teammates and having another shot at winning state.”