Johnson-Brock Advances to State Finals for a Rematch with Meridian

LINCOLN – The Johnson-Brock Eagles are one match away from going back-to-back.

The top-seeded Eagles took down #5 Guardian Angels Central Catholic in four sets 24-2615-19, 25-17, 25-17 at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday.

The Eagles were up by as much as seven points in the first set, but GACC made a comeback and won the first game by a slim 26-24 margin.

The next three sets were all Johnson-Brock, who worked things to their two top hitters with OH Fallon Stutheit finishing with 22 kills and MB Kaitlyn Simon slamming home 17 kills. The Eagles also served very well on Friday with 13 total aces, including five from Mattie Nichols.

“We played really well. We had great balance across the net,” says Head Coach Tera Stutheit.

GACC’s Maddie Knobbe had 17 kills in the defeat, along with nine blocks. Kali Stratman had 16 digs and 31 assists. Riley Throener was second on the team in kills with eight and also had four aces and five digs.

Tera Stutheit thought her team did a great job slowing down the Knobbe-led GACC attack.

“We just tried to keep them out of system. We served really tough and they struggled a little bit passing so they were unable to really get the ball to her (Knobbe) as much,” says Stutheit.

Johnson-Brock will take on Meridian on Saturday, a team they lost to last week in the district finals.

“There’s a large revenge factor, we’re ready to play them again and we’re excited to be there,” says Johnson-Brock’s Kaitlyn Simon.

The Johnson-Brock vs. Meridian match will take place at 11 a.m. at Bob Devaney Sports Center and can be heard live on B103 (103.1 FM, B103.fm and the B103 app).

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