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E-M Advances; Set To Defend State Title

The Timberwolves are back in town.  Exeter-Milligan powered past pesky Bertrand 25-21, 25-16, 21-25, 25-22 on Saturday afternoon in a play-in game at Adams Central High School.  With the win, E-M (23-8) qualifies for the 2018 NSAA Class D-2 State Volleyball Tournament as the No. 4 seed.  The defending Class D-2 State champion Timberwolves will play 23-4 Wynot this Thursday at 3:30 p.m., at Lincoln Southeast High School.
The first state semi-final will begin at 9 a.m., on Friday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.  The Class D-2 state final will begin at 9 a.m., on Saturday at the Devaney Center.
Katherine White hammered 23 kills against the Lady Vikings.  Kate Janksy added 21 kills.  Emma Olsen posted 29 assists for the winners and Anna Sluka had 18.  Jansky drilled three ace serves and Sluka had two.
White and Sluka both came up with 24 digs.  Jaiden Papik had 23 digs.  White added three ace blocks and Jansky had two blocks.
E-M fell to state-rated No. 2 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley on Tuesday, October 30, in the D2-2 Sub-district final. The Timberwolves had leads in the first, second and fourth sets but could only claim the second set in the 25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 25-21 set back.
"I think we made some critical errors at critical times," Timberwolf coach Darcy White said.  "After we won the second set, I think we let down mentally.  When you're playing against a really good team, you have to keep pressing them.  You also have to limit your own errors, which we didn't."
Jansky and White had 23 and 21 kills in the loss.  The pair also had three aces.
"I'm still waiting for some people to step up and help," White said.
E-M swept past Dorchester 25-19, 25-13, 25-7 in the opening round.  This will be the Timberwolves fifth straight trip to Lincoln.
"We have a bulls-eye on us...pressure from year's past," White said.  "You have to stay relaxed down there...right now, I think our immaturity shows too much."