GRAND ISLAND – Omaha Marian ended the fourth set on a 14-4 run to defeat Lincoln Southwest 25-20, 25-23, 17-25, 25-14 Thursday afternoon in Class A quarterfinal action of the state tournament at the Heartland Event Center.
After the Silver Hawks, 25-9, comfortably controlled the third set, the Crusaders responded to put the match away in the fourth. Marian, which improved to 31-11 and advanced to Friday’s semifinals, jumped out to a 10-4 lead early in the fourth set on an ace by Sydney O’Shaughnessy.
The Silver Hawks clawed their way back to within 11-8 on a kill by 6-foot-1 sophomore Allie Davis, but two kills by Marian’s Elizabeth Loschen and a hitting error by Southwest allowed the Crusaders to go up 14-8. Loschen and Kelsey O’Connell controlled the net from that point forward and a kill by Hannah Mueller put Marian ahead 22-12 en route to a 25-14 win in the final set.