Posted On: 02/17/15 5:09 PM

OMAHA – As it turns out, trying to topple Mizuno Northern Lights 151 for the 15 Open championship on Monday at the Nebraska Elite Asics President’s Day Classic was – literally – too big of an obstacle for Nebraska Impact Power 15 Banzai on Monday.

Northern Lights, which entered the tournament ranked #13 in the nation among 15s teams by PrepVolleyball.com and located in Minneapolis, used its obvious height advantage to take a 25-20, 25-20 win over Banzai in the championship match. Northern Lights has a roster with four players at 6-foot or taller and nobody on the team under 5-foot-9.

Banzai was the only Nebraska team to reach an Open division championship match in the tournament. To reach the final, Banzai started Monday with a 26-24, 25-12 win over All Iowa Attack 15 Red to secure a second-place finish in its pool and reach the four-team championship bracket.

In the semifinals, Banzai took a 25-18, 28-26 win over Nebraska Elite 15 Revolution to reach the championship.

Against Northern Lights in the finals, Banzai simply wasn’t able to find that “next gear” at the end of each set. In the first set, a kill from Taylor Skiles tied the score at 16-16. Kills by Northern Light’s McKenna Melville and Alyson Murphy put Banzai in an 18-16 hole, but a Northern Light’s hitting error made it 18-17. Northern Lights, however, then went on a 6-1 run to go up 24-18 when Banzai was called for two hits.

A kill by Sydney Morehouse and a two-hit violation on Northern Lights got Banzai within 24-20, but Murphy finished it off for Northern Lights with a kill.

It was similar in the second set, as Northern Lights got out to a 9-5 lead on another kill by Murphy. Banzai scrapped its way back to an 11-11 tie on a kill by Peyton Schendt, but then saw Northern Lights go on a 6-2 run to pull out to a 17-13 lead on a kill by Grace Persson.

Banzai, however, made a final push behind kills by Samantha McCabe and Skiles and tied the second set at 18-18 on a hitting error by Northern Lights. Banzai was unable to ever take the lead as Tara Lee had a pair of ace serves for Northern Lights in a 5-0 run that put the Minnesota team up 23-18. A kill and ace block from Morehouse cut the lead to 23-20, but a Banzai hitting error and an ace serve by Murphy gave Northern Lights the title.

A pair of Nebraska teams did win Club division titles in the younger age groups on Monday. In the 13 Club division, Premier 13 Black defeated KC Power 131 24-26, 25-21, 15-11 and in the 12 Club division, Nebraska ONE 12 Shockers defeated Nebraska Elite 12 Velocity 25-22, 25-22.

Mizuno Northern Lights 151 def. Nebraska Impact Power 15 Banzai 25-20, 25-20.

Northern Lights 151 (kills-blocks-ace serves) 

Kayla Bair 2-0-0, Madison Bremer 0-0-0, Ellie Koontz 9-0-0, Tara Lee 0-0-3, Caroline McGraw 0-0-0, McKenna Melville 2-0-1, Alyson Murphy 9-0-1, Grace Persson 4-2-0, Erica Slinde 0-0-0, Anne Wong 0-0-0.

Nebraska Impact Power 15 Banzai (kills-blocks-ace serves)

Claire Brobst 0-0-0, Sara Burger 0-0-0, Rebecca Langel 1-0-0, Samantha McCabe 2-0-0, Sydney Morehouse 4-1-0, Lindsey Muraskin 0-0-0, Eryn Reesman 0-0-0, Peyton Schendt 6-0-0, Taylor Skiles 5-0-0, Bryn Stansberry 0-0-0, Nami Surendranath 2-0-0.

Assists: Northern Lights 25 (Lee 13, Slinde 10, McGraw 2). Banzai 19 (Burger 11, Langel 8).

 

2015 Nebraska Elite Asics President’s Day Tournament Results 

18 Open (16 Teams)

Championship Match

Front Range VBC 181 Black def. MAVA 18-Academy 25-14, 17-25, 15-8

Nebraska Team Finishes

Premier 18 Gold – 11th

Nebraska Elite 18 Freak Show – 12th

Nebraska ONE 18 Lone Wolf – 15th

 

18 Club (40 Teams)

Championship Match

Mizuno Northern Lights 182 def. Club ONE 18 Black 25-19, 25-17

Nebraska Team Finishes

VCNebraska 18 Elite – tied for 18th

Premier 18 Black – 20th

Nebraska Impact 182 Renegades – tied for 33rd

 

17 Open (16 Teams)

Championship Match

KC Power 171 def. OP2 171 Smack 25-20, 25-22

Nebraska Team Finishes

Premier 17 Gold – 5th

Nebraska Elite 17 SWAT – 9th

 

17 Club (40 Teams)

Championship Match

Mizuno Northern Lights 172 def. Conway Juniors 25-22, 25-17

Nebraska Team Finishes

Premier 17 Black – tied for 5th

Nebraska ONE 17 Crossfire – tied for 9th

Nebraska Impact 171 Bushido – 12th

Lincoln Teammagic 171 – 22nd

Club Legacy 171 Rox – tied for 23rd

VCNebraska 17 Black – 35th

Blair Elite 171 – 40th

 

16 Open (24 Teams)

Championship Match

Mizuno Northern Lights 161 def. KC Power 161 25-13, 25-14.

Nebraska Team Finishes

Nebraska Elite 161 Vici – tied for 3rd

Premier 16 Gold – 8th

 

16 Club (56 Teams)

Championship Match

Southwind U161 Red def. Mizuno Northern Lights 16B 24-26, 25-22, 15-6.

Nebraska Team Finishes

Club Legacy 161 Rox – tied for 3rd

VCNebraska 16 Elite – tied for 9th

Nebraska Elite 16 Pursuit – tied for 19th

Nebraska ONE 16 Heat – 22nd

Nebraska ONE 16 Nitro – tied for 24th

VCNebraska 16 Black – tied for 24th

Nebraska ONE 16 EnFuego – 29th

VCNebraska 16 Blue – tied for 33rd

Nebraska Impact 162 Drago – tied for 45th

Club Legacy 162 Shattered – tied for 47th

Nebraska Elite 16 Eclipse – tied for 54th

Nebraska Impact 163 SWAT – tied for 54th

 

15 Open (16 Teams)

Championship Match

Mizuno Northern Lights 151 def. Nebraska Impact Power 151 Banzai 25-20, 25-20.

Nebraska Team Finishes

Nebraska Elite 151 Revolution – tied for 3rd

Premier 15 Gold – 7th

Premier 15 Black – 14th

VCNebraska 15 Elite – 16th

 

15 Club (56 Teams)

Championship Match

Mizuno Northern Lights 152 def. Nebraska ONE 15 Krush 25-19, 17-25, 17-15.

Nebraska Team Finishes

Premier 15 Red – tied for 3rd

Nebraska Elite 15 Fuego – tied for 17th

Premier 15 Silver – tied for 17th

Nebraska Elite 15 Nitro – tied for 19th

VCNebraska 15 Black – tied for 24th

Nebraska ONE 15 Dynomite – 29th

Lincoln Teammagic 151 – 30th

Club Legacy 151 Rox – tied for 31st

Nebraska Impact 151 DV8 – tied for 31st

Nebraska ONE 15 SMASH – 37th

VCNebraska 15 White – tied for 40th

VCNebraska 15 Blue – tied for 40th

Nebraska Impact 152 Havoc – 43rd

Club Legacy 153 Prism – tied for 45th

Nebraska Impact 153 Matrix – tied for 47th

Nebraska ONE 15 Blitz – tied for 47th

Nebraska ONE 15 Intensity – tied for 52nd

 

14 Open (8 Teams)

Championship Match

Mizuno Northern Lights 141 def. Topeka Impact 16-25, 25-15, 15-13.

Nebraska Team Finishes

Premier 14 Gold – 3rd

Nebraska Elite 14 Havoc – 5th

VCNebraska 14 Elite – 7th

 

14 Club (48 Teams)

Championship Match

Performance 14 Gray def. Asics MAVS 142 25-20, 23-25, 15-13.

Nebraska Team Finishes

Premier 14 Red – tied for 3rd

Nebraska Elite 14 Nexus – tied for 5th

Nebraska Impact 141 Voltage – tied for 9th

Club Legacy 141 Rox – tied for 17th

VCNebraska 14 Black – 19th

Nebraska ONE 14 Ignite – tied for 21st

Nebraska ONE 14 Platinum – tied for 23rd

Premier 14 Black – 25th

Nebraska ONE 14 Titanium – tied for 27th

Club Legacy 142 Shattered – tied for 29th

Premier 14 Silver – tied for 35th

VCNebraska 14 Blue – tied for 35th

Nebraska Elite 14 Eclipse – 37th

Nebraska Elite 14 Platinum – 38th

Nebraska Impact 142 Shockers – tied for 41st

VCNebraska 14 White – 43rd

Nebraska Elite 14 Fury – tied for 45th

Nebraska ONE 14 Venom – tied for 47th

 

13 Club (40 Teams)

Championship Match

Premier 13 Black def. KC Power 131 24-26, 25-21, 15-11.

Nebraska Team Finishes

Premier 13 Gold – tied for 3rd

Nebraska Elite 13 Thunder – tied for 5th

Club Legacy 131 Rox – tied for 9th

Nebraska Elite 13 Storm – 15th

Premier 13 Red – 20th

Nebraska Impact 131 Lanakila – 21st

Nebraska ONE 13 Fusion – 22nd

Nebraska ONE 13 Fusion – tied for 23rd

Club Legacy 132 Shattered – 25th

Premier 13 Silver – 26th

Nebraska Elite 13 Moxie – tied for 28th

VCNebraska 13 Black – 30th

VCNebraska 13 Elite – 32nd

Nebraska Elite 13 Synergy – tied for 33rd

Nebraska ONE 13 Bombers – 35th

Nebraska Elite 13 Titanium – 36th

Nebraska Elite 13 Vortex – tied for 38th

Nebraska Elite 13 Velocity – tied for 38th

VCNebraska 13 Blue – 40th

 

12 Club (24 Teams)

Championship Match

Nebraska ONE 12 Shockers def. Nebraska Elite 12 Velocity 25-22, 25-22.

Nebraska Team Finishes

Premier 12 Gold – tied for 3rd

Premier 12 Black – tied for 5th

Nebraska Impact 121 Explosion – 8th

Nebraska Elite 12 Unify – tied for 9th

Nebraska Elite 12 Blitz – tied for 11th

Nebraska ONE 12 Havoc – 13th

Nebraska ONE 11 Voltz – 14th

Club Legacy 121 Rox – tied for 15th

Nebraska Elite 11 Purple Fusion – tied for 15th

VCNebraska 12 Elite – 20th

Nebraska Impact 122 Bombers – tied for 21st

Nebraska ONE 12 Revolution – tied for 21st

Nebraska Elite 12 Fierce – tied for 23rd

Nebraska Elite 12 Explosion – tied for 23rd