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2022 State Volleyball Recap – Presented by Advanced Physical Therapy

By Blake Chadwick

Class 5A

The Hutchinson Salthawks came in as the fifth seed and placed third. 

They lost to St. James in the semifinals after taking them to three sets. 

Hutchinson bounced back 25-16 and 25-18, and they finished the season with a win over Topeka Seaman. 

Class 4A

Andale came in with every intention to repeat as state champs but fell to Bishop Miege in the state championship. 

The Indians took Miege to 25-22 and 32-30 during their two sets. 

“Obviously it wasn’t the ending we were hoping for however, it was a bittersweet battle that our Andale Volleyball Players displayed in both sets and especially in our 30-32 battle in the second set,” Andale head coach Kaylie Bergkamp said. 

Ultimately, the nine Andale seniors will get to hold their heads high as they went down as the winningest class in school history where they finished top 2 at state every year. 

Circle finished third after they lost to Andale who previously beat them earlier in the season on September 20 in two sets. 

The Thunderbirds beat Louisburg the next day 25-12 and 26-24. 

“The team goal was to win state this year, so obviously, there was some disappointment initially,” Circle head coach Shelly Nibarger said. “But to finish third in class 4A behind two powerhouses, Miege and Andale, is quite an accomplishment.” 

Nibarger commended her team on this season’s accomplishment, but she had another accomplishment that was to be proud of. 

After the win over Clay Center, Nibarger had won her 900th game as a head coach. 

Class 3A

Cheney finished third in class 3A.  

After losing to the eventual champion in Heritage Christian, the Cardinals bounced back with a three-set victory over Riverton, 19-25, 25-19 25-22. 

“ It always feels easier to go home when you win the last match and bring home a trophy,” Cheney head coach Sara Walkup said. 

Walkup credits, Campbell Hague and Jailyn Adolph, and a variety of others as those who led them on their run. 

Class 2A

The weekend was dominated by Hillsboro, as they won the state championship with a 5-0 record and not dropping a set the whole time. 

Hillsboro beat Smith Center 25-12 and 25-13.  

The girls were used to being number one as they have had that target on their backs all season. 

“Our theme this season was 212.  It is an old one but a good one and the girls really embraced it.  At 211 degrees, water is hot.  At 212 degrees, it boils.  And with boiling water, comes steam.  And with steam, you can power a train.  One extra degree makes all the difference,” Hillsboro head coach Sandy Arnold said. 

After being placed in room 212 at the hotel they stayed at, coach Arnold knew that this weekend was going to be special, and it was.

Inman finished fourth after losing to Hillsboro in the semifinals.

Class 1A-1

Little River beat Flinthills for the title in three sets. 

They won the first 25-11, dropped the second set, 18-25, and won 25-9 in dominant fashion. 

This was the second time they beat Flinthills in three sets after they had matched up in pool play. 

Pretty Prairie took fourth. 

Class 1A-II

Hanover took second, falling to Lebo in three sets.

“This is the first team that I have had girls from their freshman year to their senior year, so I feel like that made this team special,” Hanover head coach Melissa Holle said. “I got to watch them grow as volleyball players and young women.”

Beloit St. John’s-Tipton took fourth, after falling to Attica in three sets.

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