Lady Hornets statebound

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For the first time since 2015, the Giltner volleyball team is headed for the state tournament. 

The Lady Hornets took care of business in the D2-7 district final against Nebraska Christian, winning in four sets, 25-8, 22-25, 25-22 and 25-14. 

Giltner was in full control during the first set, taking at 10-5 lead and at one point rolled through a 9-0 run to lead 14-5. From there, Giltner used an 11-3 run to win the first set, 25-8. 

Nebraska Christian fought back in the second, taking a 16-13 lead before Giltner used attacks from Amanda Whisenand, Cassidy Tompkin and Sydney Janzen to tie things up at 20. However, the Eagles scored five of the next seven to take the set, 25-22. 

Giltner got two ace serves from Hannah Preissler and three kills from Tompkin early in set three, but Nebraska Christian still led 8-6 early as part of a 13-2 run to lead 14-7. A Tompkin kill/ace combo tied the ste at 20 before a kill from Janzen and block from Payton Hunnicutt steered the third to Gilnter, 25-22. 

Much like the first, the fourth set was all Giltner as they jumped out to a 12-4 lead before going up 18-8 and eventually winning 25-14 off a Preissler kill. 

Giltner returns to the state tournament for the first time since 2015 when they were eliminated in the opening round by St. Mary's. The Lady Hornets won back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014. 

The Lady Hornets (21-10) drew the No. 8 seed and will play No. 1 Lawrence-Nelson (29-4) Thursday at Lincoln Northeast High School at 1:30 p.m. 

Giltner faced Lawrence-Nelson in the D2-6 subdistrict tournament last week, losing in four sets. 

For live updates from the sidelines follow us on Twitter @SportsANR and see next week's News-Register for full coverage. 

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